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GSP updates

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

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GSP updates

  1. 1. The Global Soil Partnership
  2. 2. Vision The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) is a globally recognized mechanism established in 2012. Our mission is to position soils in the Global Agenda through collective action. Our key objectives are to promote Sustainable Soil Management (SSM) and improve soil governance to guarantee healthy and productive soils, and support the provision of essential ecosystem services towards food security and improved nutrition, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable development.
  3. 3. Achievements 2018-2019 • Implementation of the Soil Pollution Symposium and organization of the Soil Erosion one. • International Code of Conduct for the Sustainable Use and Management of Fertilizers (FAO Conference). • GSOCmap updating including 30 new countries and preparing a real validation process. Interpretation of the map. • GLOSOLAN (SEALNET and LATSOLAN); Launch in Africa, NENA and others……Global Ring test. • RSPs implementing actions (annual meetings). • Preparation of SoiLex. • Global assessment of soil pollution. • Technical manual for SOC management. Guidelines for alternative/feasible Measuring, Mapping, Reporting and Monitoring of SOC. • ITPS consolidated. • INBS implemented and workplan agreed. • Celebration of World Soil Day 2018, Glinka World Soil Prize and King Bhumabol World Soil Day Award. • National Soil Information Systems completed: Afghanistan, Cambodia, Sudan
  4. 4. Global Symposia on Soil Threats Soil Organic Carbon (2017) Soil Pollution (2018) Soil Erosion (15-17 May 2019); IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOMMANDATIONS IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOMMANDATIONS
  5. 5. • European Commission • Russian Federation • Germany • Switzerland • The Netherlands • Phosagro • We were successful in mobilizing resources for the period 2019-2020, still need more resources to implement and support countries in their efforts to implement SSM. Mobilization of Resources
  6. 6. • Global Symposium on Soil Erosion (GSER19); • World Soil Day 2019; • Implementation of the VGSSM at the national level (Call for Projects); • Implementation of recommendations from Global Symposia; • Implementation of International Code of Conduct for the Sustainable Use and Management of Fertilizers; • Protocol for the assessment of Sustainable Soil Management; • Promotion of National Soil Partnerships; • Global Soil Doctors; • GLOSIS and SoilSTAT; • SoilLEX and database on soil research; • GLOSOLAN and RESOLANs; • Global Maps: soil salinity, soil erosion and SOC Sequestration Map; • SSM for nutrition sensitive agriculture; • Workplan 2019-2020
  7. 7. • Keeping soils in the global agenda (many initiatives and often duplication of efforts). • Enabling country-driven processes. • Ensuring updated and quality products and services. • Enhancing the participation of chairs, working groups, etc. • Strengthening Regional Soil Partnerships. • Raising awareness of soils. • Promoting responsible investment in Sustainable Soil Management. • How to really move from tools, normative actions into the ground to expand SSM practices. Challenges
  8. 8. Thank you for your attention

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