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GSP Pillar 3

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6th European Soil Partnership (ESP) Plenary meeting
28-29 March 2019
FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy
Zineb Bazza

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GSP Pillar 3

  1. 1. Pillar 3 at global level Natalia Rodríguez Eugenio GSP Secretariat
  2. 2. Where we stand? • Endorsement of the Pillar 3 Implementation plan (P3 GIP) during the 6th Plenary Assembly in June 2018 • Appointment of the new chair in October 2018 • Contact with the regional chairs in January 2019 to start the implementation of activity 1: development of an online database of Soil Science R&D institutions and programmes
  3. 3. Online database of Soil Science R&D • Focus on the identification of all existing soil research partners, soil research facilities and infrastructure, soil teaching and research programs, and soil related research gaps; • Intended to serve as a knowledge exchange and facilitation platform for the development of joint projects or programmes; • Useful for identifying pools of external experts under different soil-related topics • Soil R&D DB should be structured by topics and regions
  4. 4. Research centers/institutes/universities Soil testing facilities Soil research programs Soil science academic programs GlobalNational Regional • Staff, mission, topics covered, soil analysis, R&D needs • Key analysis and laboratory equipment (not basic soil properties analysis - GLOSOLAN) • Topics covered, frequency, duration, credential granted • Staff, topics covered, funding sources, R&D needs Online database of Soil Science R&D
  5. 5. Activity Period of implementation Actors involved 1. Develop selection criteria for including relevant research centers/institutes, soil testing facilities, soil research and academic programs into the inventory Mar – Jun 2019 Pillar 3 working group and ITPS 2. Publish and distribute the questionnaire through GSP channels and newly identified channels Jun – Oct 2019 GSP Secretariat, Pillar 3 WG, RSPs 3. Collect data, organise it and refine the Soil R&D DB Jun – Oct 2019 GSP Secretariat and Pillar 3 WG 4. Prepare the webpage under GSP website and make the Soil R&D DB available online, including communication plan for its advertisement Jun – Oct 2019 GSP Secretariat 5. Publish the Soil R&D DB Nov 2019 GSP Secretariat 6. Maintenance and regular update of Soil R&D DB continuously GSP Secretariat, Pillar 3 WG, RSPs Becoming a reality: workplan 2019
  6. 6. How to contribute? • Let’s put a name! Sci-Soil Hub, Sci4Soil, NetworkinSoil • Regional P3 WGs, led by regional chairs, contribute to the development and feeding of the global database conduct an analysis of the situation in the region/country to identify at least the most relevant research institutes and contact them directly to ensure their participation
  7. 7. Global Assessment of Soil Pollution
  8. 8. Global Assessment of Soil Pollution Responding to: • UNEA3 resolution “Managing soil pollution to achieve sustainable development” • GSOP18 outcome document “Be the solution to soil pollution” • The 6th Plenary Assembly endorsed it and recommended to involve member countries
  9. 9. Global Assessment of Soil Pollution 1. What information is publicly available? (regional consultants) • National/international reports • Inventories • Legislation • Case studies • Public records on health and environmental issues 2. What information do the countries have? (questionnaire) • Polluting activities list • Inventories • Legislation • Soil contaminants analysis • Approaches to remediate soil pollution
  10. 10. Global Assessment of Soil Pollution 3. Information gathering and gap identification (regional consultants + GSP Secretariat) - Is the information gathered rich, robust, comprehensive and well- developed? - What are the main gaps related to soil pollution in each region? - Is the situation comparable globally? Regionally? - Is the information gathered relevant to SoilSTAT? - Is there quantitative information on soil pollution that can be mapped?
  11. 11. Global Assessment of Soil Pollution 4. What is the regional/global situation when considering soil pollution? (GSP focal points, RSPs, regional partners) - What is the regional extent of polluted soils (local and diffuse pollution)? - What legislations are in place to prevent, minimize and remediate soil pollution? - What are the regional trends of soil pollution? - What are the major constraints and needs to prevent and remedy soil pollution? Regional workshops to discuss and agree on recommendations and conclusions
  12. 12. 5. Preparation of the final technical report and policy brief (ITPS, GSP Secretariat and partners, RSPs) - Sources of soil pollution - The health and economic costs of soil pollution - Global extent and trends of soil pollution - Regional status of soil pollution (drivers, extent, case studies, priorities, constraints) - Actions to tackle soil pollution (legal instruments, management and remediation approaches) - Conclusions and way forward Global Assessment of Soil Pollution
  13. 13. How to contribute? • Respond to and disseminate the questionnaire • Participate in the regional workshops (end of 2019) • Review the final report (first half of 2020) Deadline for responding is 10 May 2019
  14. 14. THANK YOU!!

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