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Report of the survey on the implementation of the revised World Soil Charter | Lucrezia Caon, GSP Secretariat

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Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly – Sixth Session
11 – 13 June 2018
FAO HQ

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Report of the survey on the implementation of the revised World Soil Charter | Lucrezia Caon, GSP Secretariat

  1. 1. By Lucrezia Caon, GSP Secretariat Report of the survey on the implementation of the revised World Soil Charter
  2. 2. 1980
  3. 3. 1980 2015
  4. 4. • Reflect the major policy developments and conceptual advances with relevance to soils, as had occurred in the intervening period since the adoption of the first version; • Recognize that soils are under threat and that this could seriously undermine the implementation of agreed upon goals and objectives for hunger eradication and sustainable development; • Stress the imperious need to reverse alarming trends; • Assist in widely disseminating soil principles and guidelines for action by all stakeholders, and therefore serve the GSP and other initiatives on soils. o generate more concrete international cooperation and activities o mobilize resources to reverse soil degradation o support effective soil conservation measures
  5. 5. • In order to assess how the different stakeholders used the revised charter and its principles and guidelines Why an online survey? + Principles Soil Threats =
  6. 6. • In order to assess how the different stakeholders used the revised charter and its principles and guidelines • Designed by the GSP Secretariat with the support of the ITPS • Launched in March 2018, closed on 22 April 2018 with 87 complete responses submitted Why an online survey? AFRICA 10% ASIA 46% CENTRAL AMERICA 5% SOUTH AMERICA 12% EUROPE 19% EURASIA 0% NENA 6% NORTH AMERICA 2% PACIFIC 0% Focal Points to the GSP 31% GSP partner institution 63% Other 6% Respondents:
  7. 7. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 FOCAL POINTS TO THE GSP GSP PARTNER INSTITUTION OTHER aware about the WSC 1981 aware about the WSC 2015 Awareness on the World Soil Charter (1980) and the revised World Soil Charter (2015): Overall trend
  8. 8. 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Africa Asia Central America South America Europa NENA North America Stakeholder groups Governments Groups and science community Individual and private sector International organization Participants in the survey, were asked to identify themselves in terms of the main stakeholder groups highlighted in the Charter: - Governments (67%); - Academia and science community (23%); - Individual and private sector (7%); - International organizations (4%).
  9. 9. Participants in the survey, were asked to provide information on the status of implementation of activities for their group in their respective countries 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Individual and Private Sector Groups and Science community Governments International organizations Implemented Under implementation No action taken
  10. 10. 0 50 100 Lack of dissemination and awareness of the revised World Soil Charter The benefits of sustainable soil management are not visible in the short term Availability of funds Negative attitude towards a change in soil management practices Absence of policies on soil protection or inadequate policies on soil protection Absence of a monitoring system (e.g. on the use of subsidies for soil protection, etc.) Absence of extension services at the national/local level Weakness of extension services at the national/local level Mistrust in scientific findings from academia Mistrust in policy makers Mistrust in public sector tools These policies are not workable/implementable at the field level Other Major barriers to the implementation of the principles in the revised World Soil Charter
  11. 11. • Invest in awareness raising activities to put the topic of soil health preservation in the priority list of national governments and land users; • Improve communication with key development agents (cooperatives, agricultural credit banks, technical assistance agencies, etc.); • Organize high-level inception meetings, and involve the government in large scale sustainable soil management projects; • Establishment of reward/sanction systems on the implementation of sustainable soil management; Suggestions on how to promote, disseminate and implement the revised WSC at the national/local level
  12. 12. • Enquiries on community needs in relation to soils; • Presentation of the revised WSC at interdisciplinary meetings (food production, climate change, energy); • Set targets and standards linked to the implementation of principles in the revised WSC. Suggestions on how to promote, disseminate and implement the revised WSC at the national/local level
  13. 13. Despite the extensive advertising done, there was little participation (from some regions especially) in the survey. There is the need to: • Increase stakeholders’ commitment towards the implementation of the revised World Soil Charter and other GSP activities; • Increase stakeholders’ awareness about the existence of the revised World Soil Charter; and • Reinforce the tools to advocate for its implementation. Conclusions

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