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GSP Pillar 5


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6th European Soil Partnership (ESP) Plenary meeting
28-29 March 2019
FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy
Rainer Baritz, Lucrezia Caon

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GSP Pillar 5

  1. 1. GSP Developments of regional interest for Pillar 5 Mr. Rainer Baritz, Pillar 5 Chair & Ms. Lucrezia Caon, GLOSOLAN coordinator, GSP Secretariat
  2. 2. Pillar 5 Global Action Work areas Products Actions 2018 Soil profiles Handbook/Webtool no action Soil classification Web tool/soil portal no action Soil mapping Reference mapping system no action Soil analysis Web information system, ring tests, manual GLOSOLAN/ RESOLAN Data exchange Exchange model/tools Contractor: SoilML exchange standard Countries to test Indicators Evaluation WIKI, guidelines ToC prepared
  3. 3. P5 governance for implementation Rainer Baritz (acting Chair) GSP Secretariat Yusuf Yigini, Rosa Cuevas Corona Europe Hakki Erdogan Eurasia Hukmatullo Ahmadov NENA Imad Ghanma Africa (SSA) Vinod Bhanooduth Lalljee Asia Audthasit Wongmaneeroj South Pacific Peter Wilson North America Curtis Monger South America Jefé Leáo Ribeiro Ctl. America Floria Bertsch ITPS Lucía Helena Cunha dos Anjos IUSS John M. Galbraith SDF Fenny van Egmond GLOSOLAN Nopmanee Suvannang P4WG tbc (Chair P4WG) GSP Secretariat RegionalP5chairs ITPS: scientific advice Important GSP Partner Pillar4
  4. 4. P5 Global Action: current discussion Profile description: Demands in several RSPs for a revised guideline IUSS: items for revision (soil biodiversity, parent material coding for information processing, links to classification (WRB-focused) Soil Classification: IUSS: harmonized soil horizon designations: universal soil classification seems not to be possible (currently…) Ideas: definition of broad, universal taxonomic units, able to support harmonized indicators Demand for “Onesoil” global soil typological ubits? (GEOSS?) New challenge: nested rasters Pillar 4: interaction and progress with GLOSIS needed Soil Mapping:
  5. 5. Pillar 5 Soil Indicators indicators to flag sustainability to practices SDG 2.4, 15.2 Guideline for SSM FAO-SoilSTAT indicators for global soil statistics/ecosystem accounting GLOSIS Indicators in support of GEOSS, policies (SDG, UNCCD/LDN, UNCBD, UNFCCC, SDG 15.3) Indicator definitions Specifications Fact sheets Relationships to other domains (water, agriculture, forestry.…) Needs Demand Literature review, policy review, terminology, approaches, recommendations REPORT
  6. 6. Pillar 5 Global Action Pillar 5 Working Group - Development of a roadmap for action (status 26 March 2019) • IUSS: concept note: soil classification and soil profile description • Commenting on P4 documents (GLOSIS, soil profile data bases, SoilSTAT • Guidance on indicator assessments (P1, P4, P5) • Improve cooperation global and regional P4 WGs, INSII and P4 • Assignment of tasks to WG members; needs assessment (funding, secretariats, regional WGs)
  7. 7. Purpose: to improve the quality of soil laboratory data to support decision making at field and policy levels Objectives : 1. To strengthen the performance of laboratories through use of standardized methods and protocols. 2. To harmonize soil analysis methods so that soil information would be comparable and interpretable across laboratories, countries and regions. 3. To provide a certification for technical competencies in laboratory analysis.
  8. 8. Everything you need to know is in the report of the 2nd GLOSOLAN meeting… Main areas of work: - Standard Operating Procedure - Quality control (Proficiency Testing) - Good laboratory practices - Harmonization of national and historical databases (transfer functions) - Spectroscopy - Training and capacity building
  9. 9. Foreseen impacts : o To support decision making at field and policy levels; o To support countries in reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals and on other international commitments; o To contribute to the development of international standards and indicators; o To contribute to the establishment of the Global Soil Information System (GLOSIS); o To contribute to the development of harmonized methods for the assessment and monitoring of degraded lands and/or lands affected by climate change and other threats, as identified in the Status of the World Soil Resources report; o To improve the connection between soil chemistry, physics and biology; o To contribute to and improve soil classification and description (in this regard, GLOSOLAN should work closer to the other components of Pillar 5); o To assist companies manufacturing laboratory equipment in improving their products (and so also potentially open the path for new investments in the network); o To expand the opportunities for technical and scientific cooperation; o To strengthen the capability of extension services; o To identify research needs; and o To increase investments in research.
  10. 10. Global Soil Laboratory Network (GLOSOLAN) Regional Soil Laboratory Networks (RESOLANs) National Reference Laboratories appointed by GSP national focal points to: • Transfer information on GLOSOLAN to other labs in their country • Transfer the knowledge acquired through GLOSOLAN activities to other labs in their country • Promote the establishment of National Soil Laboratory Networks
  11. 11. RESOLAN-NENA LATSOLAN RESOLAN- Africa RESOLAN- North America ??? RESOLAN-Pacific SEALNET RESOLAN-Europe & Eurasia March 2018 November 2017 # of countries Nat. Ref. Lab. Spontaneous application Total Europe 42 20 41 61 Eurasia 12 5 11 16
  12. 12. Action 1: Decide if Europe and Eurasia will work together under GLOSOLAN (establishment of 1 RESOLAN) or not (establishment of 2 RESOLANs) Considerations: - The Pillar 5 Chairs for Europe and Eurasia proposed these regions to work together. However, at the 2nd GLOSOLAN meeting, laboratories did not show enthusiasm in proceeding this way. The decision on the numbers of RESOLANs to establish was remitted to the 6th ESP meeting. - If 2 RESOLANs will be established, some countries from Eurasia express the desire to work under RESOLAN-Europe - Attempts were made to launch the RESOLAN for Europe and Eurasia (1 RESOLAN) in September 2018 but Eurasia found itself moving alone on this. Need for a stronger follow up from the ESP Secretariat Action 2: If 2 RESOLANs will be established, Europe should decide if some Eurasian countries can join their RESOLAN Action 3: Organization of the launch meeting(s) of this/these RESOLANs