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ITEM 9. Global Soil Pollution Assessment - Natalia Eugenio Rodriguez

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Fourth Working Session of the International Network of Soil Information Institutions (INSII)
6-8 November 2018 | FAO HQ – German Room, Rome, Italy

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ITEM 9. Global Soil Pollution Assessment - Natalia Eugenio Rodriguez

  1. 1. Natalia Rodríguez Eugenio GSP Secretariat Implementation of the GSOP18 recommendations
  2. 2. It is a worldwide problem, no more pristine areas Why a Symposium on Soil Pollution?
  3. 3. Why a Symposium on Soil Pollution?
  4. 4. Provide scientific evidence • to support actions and decisions • to prevent and reduce soil pollution • for increased food safety, food security and nutrition, ecosystem services, and • promote the restoration of polluted sites. Why a Symposium on Soil Pollution?
  5. 5. The Global Symposium on Soil Pollution
  6. 6. • The main sources of soil contaminants are human activities. • Enough scientific evidence of the risk posed by soil pollution to food security, the environment and human health. • Tackling soil pollution requires joint efforts to prevent, minimize and remediate it. GSOP18: Main conclusions
  7. 7. • The prevention of soil pollution should be a top priority worldwide and when present, minimization/remediation actions should be implemented; • The status of global soil pollution is still unknown. Investment on national soil information systems and capacity development is a precondition. GSOP18: Main conclusions
  8. 8. GSOP18: RecommendationsPolicy-makingsupport • Rec. 1: tools and guidelines that would support the prevention and remediation of soil pollution (CoCoFe) • Rec. 3: implementing existing guidelines (VGSSM, Conventions, AMR action plan,…) Awareness-raising • Rec. 2: include soil pollution assessment and minimization measures in the Soil Doctors Programme • Rec. 6: capacity development building and training activities covering the full cycle of soil pollution Informationavailability • Rec. 4: WG 1- guidelines for assessing, mapping, monitoring and reporting on soil pollution • Rec. 5: WG 2 - database of good practices for addressing soil pollution • Rec. 7: implement the activities of GLOSOLAN • Rec. 8: global assessment of the status of soil pollution
  9. 9. 1. What has already been done? 2. What is under implementation? 3. What needs to be done? 4. How would it contribute to GLOSIS and SoilSTAT? GSOP18: Recommendations
  10. 10. GSOP18: Recommendations Recommendation 1 Develop and implement tools and guidelines that would support the prevention and remediation of soil pollution, such as the International Code of Conduct for the Use and Management of Fertilizers.
  11. 11. GSOP18: Recommendations Recommendation 2 To include soil pollution assessment and minimization measures in the Soil Doctors Programme in order to support land users to maintain healthy soils under local conditions for long- term benefits.
  12. 12. GSOP18: Recommendations Recommendation 4 To establish an expert and multi- stakeholder working group to develop guidelines for assessing, mapping, monitoring and reporting on soil pollution. Total of participants 85
  13. 13. GSOP18: Recommendations Recommendation 5 To establish a working group to develop a technical manual for the management and remediation of polluted soils, including a database on the BAT for remediating soil pollution Total of participants 60
  14. 14. Recommendation 3 To advocate for the implementation of existing guidelines to ensure safe food in the face of emerging soil pollutants. GSOP18: Recommendations
  15. 15. GSOP18: Recommendations Recommendation 6 To implement capacity development building and training activities covering the full cycle of soil pollution: from its assessment to its remediation Includes the strengthening of facilities for data analysis and management.
  16. 16. GSOP18: Recommendations Recommendation 7 To implement the activities of the global soil laboratory network (GLOSOLAN), including harmonized methods to identify and measure soil contaminants. Work together with Pillar 4 and Pillar 5
  17. 17. GSOP18: Recommendations Recommendation 8 To prepare a global assessment of the status of soil pollution including its regional trends following a country- driven process in combination with state-of-the-art scientific tools. Strengthen national soil information systems to include data on contaminants
  18. 18. GSOP18: Recommendations HOW to do this global assessment? 1) Bibliographic review 2) Questionnaire to countries through RSP focal points Recommendation 8
  19. 19. GSOP18: Recommendations On WHAT to do the global assessment? 1. Legislation 2. Main polluting activities (SoilSTAT) 3. Extent of soil pollution (GLOSIS) 4. Assessment and monitoring (GLOSIS) 5. Risks to human health and the environment 6. Polluted soil management 7. National capacities available to deal with soil pollution Recommendation 8
  20. 20. GSOP18: Recommendations This information must provide the actual situation and trends of soil pollution to promote action among decision-makers Linking the results to the achievement of the SDGs could facilitate action to be taken Recommendation 8
  21. 21. GSOP18: Recommendations The information collected will be assessed as to its: - Relevance - Accuracy - Suitability for incorporation into the SoilSTAT and the GLOSIS. Recommendation 8
  22. 22. GSOP18: Recommendations Possibility of producing a global map on soil pollution? Specific contaminants (heavy metals) Polluting activities/ contaminated sites
  23. 23. Thank you for your attention

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