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Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils: Chairperson's report


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This presentation was made during the third GSP Planery Assembly that took place in Rome; FAO HQ from 22-24 June 2015. The presentation was made by Luca Montanarella and it presents the main activities and outcomes of the ITPS.


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Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils: Chairperson's report

  1. 1. THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL TECHNICAL PANEL ON SOILS (ITPS) Main activities and outcomes Luca Montanarella (ITPS Chair)
  2. 2. Mandate of the ITPS (Rule VI of the GSP Rules of Procedures) a) provide scientific and technical advice on global soil issues primarily to the GSP and in relation to specific requests submitted by global or regional institutions (UNCCD, UNFCCC, CBD) b) advocate for the inclusion of sustainable soil management into different development agendas. c) review and follow up on the situation and issues related to soils in the contexts of food security, use and management of natural resources, ecosystem services provision, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and other relevant areas. d) review and endorse from a technical viewpoint the GSP Plans of Action. e) follow up on the implementation of these Plans of Action with due attention to their impact and contributions to different global policies and initiatives related to sustainable development, MDGs, food security, climate change adaptation and other subject matters. f) in exceptional cases, when complex technical matters arise, request the Plenary Assembly and the Secretariat to form technical committees aiming to gather specific advice.
  3. 3. UNCCD CBD Climate Change Biodiversity Desertification IPCC SPI IPBES Food Security Bridging the gap between soil science and policy
  4. 4. THE 27 SCIENTSTS MEMBERS OF THE FIRST ITPS 2013-2015 Proposed by GSP Partners and nominated by Member Countries of FAO NORTH AMERICA Jon Hempel – United States John Daniel Pennock – Canada EUROPE Helaina Black - United Kingdom Jaroslava Sobocká - Slovak Republic Dominique Arrouays – France Luca Montanarella – Italy Pavel Krasilnikov - Russia AFRICA Isaurinda Dos Santos Baptista Costa -Cape Verde Martin Yemefack – Cameroon Victor Chude – Nigeria Mohamed Badraoui – Morocco Tekalign Mamo - Ethiopia ASIA Gan Lin Zhang – China Milkha Singh Aulakh – India Kazuyuki Yagi – Japan Suk Young Hong – Republic of Korea Pisoot Vijarnsorn – Thailand LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN Maria de Lourdes Mendonca Santos –Brazil Miguel Taboada – Argentina Carlos Roberto Henríquez - Costa Rica David Espinosa Victoria – Mexico Julio Alegre - Peru NEAR EAST Seyed Kazem Alavi Panah – Iran Elsiddig Ahmed ElMustafa ElSheikh – Sudan Abdullah AlShankiti – Saudi Arabia SOUTH WEST PACIFIC Marta Camps Arbestain - New Zealand Neil McKenzie - Australia
  5. 5. What have we achieved:  Finalization and endorsement of the 5 plans of actions for the 5 pillars of the GSP  Revision of the FAO World Soil Charter  Support to the development of Regional Soil Partnerships  Support to the development of the proposals for Post-2015 Sustainable Development goals (SDGs)  Report on the Status of World’s Soil Resources (SWSR)  Concept note for the development of Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (SSM)  Links and collaborations with other scientific panels, like the Science Policy Interface (SPI) of UNCCD and the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) 6
  6. 6. Plans of action for the 5 GSP Pillars The ITPS finalized the 5 plans of action for the GSP Pillars of activity: 1. Promote sustainable management of soil resources for soil protection, conservation and sustainable productivity 2. Encourage Investment, Technical Cooperation, Policy, Education, Awareness and Extension 3. Promote targeted soil research and development focusing on identified gaps, priorities and synergies with related productive, environmental and social development actions 4. Enhance the quantity and quality of soil data and information: data collection (generation), analysis, validation, reporting, monitoring and integration with other disciplines 5. Harmonization of methods, measurements and indicators for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources 728 August 2015
  7. 7. Revision of the FAO World Soil Charter • The first World Soil Charter (WSC) was conceived and formulated, negotiated and adopted by the FAO member countries in the 1981 FAO Conference • The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) was tasked to produce a new version of this WSC making use of wide consultations within the international soil community in order to assist with the process. • The ITPS was able to submit a revised text to the GSP Plenary Assembly at its second meeting in July 2014. • After the further changes introduced by the Assembly, the revised WSC was endorsed by the 24th session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) in October 2014 and by the FAO Council in December 2014. • Coinciding with 2015 the International Year of Soils, member countries during the 39th FAO Conference unanimously endorsed the new World Soil Charter as a vehicle to promote and institutionalize sustainable soil management at all levels. 828 August 2015
  8. 8. Development of Regional Soil Partnerships 928 August 2015
  9. 9. Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals 1028 August 2015 Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Target 2.4 By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality. Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Target 3.9 By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination. Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss Target 15.3 By 2020, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land-degradation-neutral world
  10. 10. Report on the Status of World’s Soil Resources (SWSR)  First ever comprehensive global assessment of the status of world’s soil resources  A large collective effort of more then 200 soil scientists coordinated by the ITPS  A 600 page report completed in less then 12 month providing a comprehensive overview of the status of soils in the world  Full report consisting of 3 main parts: Global Soil Resources, Global Soil Change and Impact and responses  Complete regional assessments for each of the 7 FAO Regions  Summary for policy makers for your consideration and endorsement 1128 August 2015
  11. 11. Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (SSM)  Concept note developed following a specific request from COAG  Close links with the Pillar 1 of the GSP  Provides also elements for a potential indicator for the soil related SDGs (Area of land under Sustainable Soil Management practices)  Could be one of the main areas of work of the next ITPS 1228 August 2015
  12. 12. Links and collaborations with other scientific panels  Close links developed with the Science – Policy Interface (SPI) of UNCCD (joint meeting at the 2015 Global Soil Week)  Close links established with the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES):  Appointment of the ITPS Chairperson as co-chair of the thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration  Still lacking closer collaboration with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  13. 13. Conclusions and final recommendations  ITPS mandate is too short (2 years), should be prolonged to 3 years  Continuity between panels need to be assured by a proportion (50%) of renewed nominations for outgoing panel members  Independence and scientific excellence are of crucial importance  Good regional balance but still lacking adequate gender balance  Location of ITPS plenary meetings should be rotating among the 7 FAO regions  Closer involvement of the ITPS in the implementation process of the 5 GSP plans of action  Closer collaboration with the climate change scientific community (IPCC) needs to be developed
  14. 14. Thank you!