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Report on the preparation of the Global Soil Organic Carbon Map (GSOCMap) | Yusuf Yigini, GSP Secretariat

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

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Report on the preparation of the Global Soil Organic Carbon Map (GSOCMap) | Yusuf Yigini, GSP Secretariat

  1. 1. Pillar 4 - Information and Data GSP Secretariat - Pillar 4 Coordination Yusuf Yigini, Kostiantyn Viatkin
  2. 2. GSP - Pillar 4 Pillar Four of the GSP essentially addresses the development of an enduring and authoritative global system to monitor and forecast the condition of the Earth’s soil resources. PILLAR 1 PILLAR 2 PILLAR 3 PILLAR 5 2
  3. 3. Pillar 4 & GloSIS ➔One of the flagship initiatives of the Global Soil Partnership; ➔Owned by the member countries; ➔Co-operative design, actively involving all stakeholders; ➔Supports countries in developing and maintaining own soil data and information systems; ➔Developing and improving capacities at national level. Global Soil Partnership and member countries building a Global Soil Information System (GloSIS) relying on national capacities and national soil information systems. 3
  4. 4. GSOCmap V1.2.0 5
  5. 5. GSOCmap ➔1st ever soil organic carbon assessment at global scale produced via country-driven process; ➔Became public on the World Soil Day 2017; ➔Result of a stunningly effective process lead by the GSP Secretariat ; ➔The process supported by several technical documents, training sessions and communication materials; ➔Has brought State-of-the-art methods to member countries into everyday practice 6
  6. 6. GSOCmap Process 7 Q3 2016 – Q4 2017
  7. 7. ➔Heart of the GSOCmap Process ➔The GSP Capacity Development Programme started with Soil Legacy Databases training in Cali, Colombia in July 2012. ➔Since then, the workshops were conducted by the GSP and the regional soil partnerships in different regions ➔Eventually the programme has been able to reach 110 countries, more than 260 soil experts and 60% of the area coverage. ➔The programme focused on SOC Mapping/Modelling in 2017 Capacity Development 8
  8. 8. ➔The GSP Capacity Development Programme started with Soil Legacy Databases training in Cali, Colombia in July 2012. ➔Since then, the workshops were organized by the GSP and the regional soil partnerships in different regions ➔Eventually the capacity development program was able to reach 105 countries and 60% of the area coverage. ➔The programme focused on SOC Mapping/Modelling in 2017 110 countries | ~260 Participants| ~ 60% of the World 9
  9. 9. GSOCmap Toolbox ➔TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS ➔SOC MAPPING HANDBOOK ➔DATA REPOSITORY (SDF) ➔REMOTE SUPPORT ➔GSP SOIL DATA POLICY 10
  10. 10. GSOCmap Key Outcomes ➔ The process proved the feasibility of the distributed approach; ➔ Established trust and bond between member countries and the partnership; ➔ The best available estimation of global SOC stocks; ➔ National and regional expert knowledge well embedded and applicable for reporting on national level; ➔ Unveiled also the current status of the national soil information; ➔ The map will help to shape policy and action towards climate change mitigation, sequestering more carbon and protecting carbon rich soils. 11
  11. 11. GSOCmap Key Figures ~1 Million Global SOC Stocks ~677 Pg1Pg = 1 Billion Tonnes Ground Data Measurements RUS ~148 Pg CAN ~80 Pg USA ~55 Pg CHN ~45 BRA ~35 12
  12. 12. GSOCmap - Dissemination 13
  13. 13. GSOCmap Dissemination 14 ▪ GSOCmap Web Services (Spatial Data, Metadata) ▪ GSOCmap Technical Report ▪ Soil Organic Carbon Mapping Cookbook / 2nd Edition ▪ Training Materials, Sample Data
  14. 14. GSOCmap Web Services http://54.229.242.119/GSOCmap/ 15
  15. 15. Way forward >>> ➔GSOCmap new versions with new and updated national SOC maps ➔Global map of SOC sequestration potential (GSOCsec) ➔Global SOC Monitoring System (SOC Monitoring Guidelines) ➔Supporting countries in developing their own Soil Information Systems (CountrySIS); ➔SoilSTAT - Statistics component of the GloSIS ➔Developing new country-driven soil data products (Main Focus: Soil Threats) 16
  16. 16. CountrySIS ➔An initiative to support the countries in developing and/or updating their own Soil Information Systems (SIS) ➔Will provide common guidelines and capacity building for the countries willing to establish their SIS ➔One-Stop-Shop principle ➔Will help to better manage soil data on national level to support research, land management and policy making ➔Will help to build a data exchange between the national SIS through GloSIS 17
  17. 17. CountrySIS ➔FAO-GSP is already supporting countries to build their own national systems through Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) ◆Sudan ◆FYR of Macedonia ◆Cambodia ◆São Tomé and Príncipe 18
  18. 18. Pillar 4 - Keys to Success ➔Inclusive country-driven approach with flexible solutions for all GSP members; ➔Well established data standards and common language ➔Guidelines and products developed by working groups representing all GSP regions to assure taking into account regional differences and needs; ➔Sufficient funds for supporting countries and regions where capacity building and technical assistance is most required. 19
  19. 19. Operational Challenges ➔Keeping the network active and responsive ➔Effective Task Sharing for building GloSIS ➔Increase involvement and participation of INSII and Pillar 4 Working Group ➔Financial Resources ...SoilSTAT: $1.108k! $8.6Million > 6 years to make GLOSIS operational! 20
  20. 20. Challenges: Data ➔Fresh and Open Data ➔Insufficient Funds *Hundred and Forty-fifth Session Rome, 3-7 December 2012, APPENDIX F , Terms of Reference of the Global Soil Partnership 21
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