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Soil pollution: an agenda for action - Natalia Rodriguez


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The 21st World Congress of Soil Science
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 12 - 17 August 2018

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Soil pollution: an agenda for action - Natalia Rodriguez

  1. 1. Soil pollution: an agenda for action Natalia Rodríguez Eugenio
  2. 2. Chemical degradation Presence in the soil of substances out of place and/or present at a concentration that has adverse effects on soil properties, human and animal health and in the environment. What is soil pollution?
  3. 3. Human activities are the main sources of soil pollution What is soil pollution?
  4. 4. 2015 Soil pollution is one of the ten major threats What is soil pollution?
  5. 5. Soil pollution: a major threat It is a worldwide problem, no pristine areas
  6. 6. Soil pollution: a major threat
  7. 7. Soil pollution: a major threat The achievement of 12 goals is directly linked to the prevention and minimization of soil pollution
  8. 8. Why a Global Symposium on Soil Pollution? 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.
  9. 9. Global Symposium on Soil Pollution
  10. 10. Global Symposium on Soil Pollution
  11. 11. 525 participants: • Scientists • Governments • Policy-makers • Industry • Land users Pacific Female 39% Male 61% GSOP18 in numbers
  12. 12. Scientific materials Awareness-raising Outcome document GSOP18 outcomes Natalia Rodríguez Eugenio Luca Montanarella Michael McLaughlin
  13. 13. GSOP18 on the media
  14. 14. GSOP18: main conclusions Scientifically demonstrated that soil pollution poses a worrisome threat to agricultural productivity, food safety, the environment and human health. Tackling soil pollution requires joint efforts to prevent, minimize and remediate it.
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 1. Awareness raising on soil pollution 2. Establish a working group to develop a technical and institutional manual for assessing, mapping, monitoring and reporting on soil pollution. 3. Develop guidelines and a database of best practices for addressing soil pollution (management and remediation). GSOP18: way forward
  17. 17. 4. Implementation of existing guidelines 5. Foster capacity development: from assessment to remediation GSOP18: way forward
  18. 18. Global Assessment of Soil Pollution Using a country-driven process in line with the UNEA3 resolution “Managing soil pollution to achieve sustainable development” To clearly understand the extent and what needs to be done to prevent, minimize and remediate soil pollution.
  19. 19. Code of Conduct for the Use and Management of Fertilizers A further step towards SSM, soil pollution prevention and for better management of fertilizers
  20. 20. It’s time to take actions, let’s be the SOLUTION TO SOIL POLLUTION!