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Status of the Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean | Olegario Muñiz Ugarte, Chairman

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

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Status of the Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean | Olegario Muñiz Ugarte, Chairman

  1. 1. Regional Soil Partnership for Central America, Mexico and The Caribbean: 2018 Plenary Assembly Report Dr. Olegario Muñiz Ugarte - Chairman . GSP Plenary Assembly, June 11-13 2018
  2. 2. SOC Map of Central America, Mexico and The Caribbean (GSP. 2018)
  3. 3. SOC Map of Central America, Mexico and The Caribbean (GSP. 2018) • First Regional Workshop on Building Capacities for SOC Digital Mapping 2017 in Aguascalientes, Mexico with the participation and training of 38 experts of 14 of the countries of the 2 Regions. In addition, a diagnosis of the data of the 15 countries of the Region for the elaboration of the different countries SOC digital map as a contribution for the World SOC Map. Another was developed in central America by CRS in 2017. • Elaboration of National SOC Map in ISRIC, 2017 (Costa Rica and Cuba) • Metadata: Country submissions: Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico and Panama. Joint effort with GSP: Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago. GSP Gap-filling: Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica
  4. 4. Third Workshop of Regional Soil Partnership for Central America, Mexico and The Caribbean. Panama City. February 20-22, 2018 15 countries (Focal Points) Partners NGOs Secretariat Main Results: • Analysis of Achievements and Challenges • Plan 2018 -2019, approved • Heads of Pillars for the Region, elected • Head of the Region was ratified
  5. 5. World Soil Day Celebration (WSD)
  6. 6. Educational activities dedicated to children • Symposium of Educational Innovations in the Teaching of Soil Science (by LSSS) in Mexico • Latin-American educational project “Así son los suelos de mi Nación” (LSSS)
  7. 7. Develop of MSc Program: Integral soil management for Central America by CRS together with Universities of the Region and international Institutions like CIAT and University of Florida to be initiated in the second semester of 2018. It is planed to have a Regional MSc Program for 2019. Coordination workshop at University of Florida Coordination regional workshop at El Salvador
  8. 8. Demonstrative Areas of SSM (Cuba), for the promotion of SSM on students and stakeholders. Polygons: Sites (farms) destined to validate integrated technologies for the management of soil, water and forest resources, considering also plant protection and mechanization. Existing, distributed throughout the country: • 35 provincial Polygons • 124 municipal Polygons • A total área of 32 281 ha • 1 916 farms Results (Impacts) are evaluated by means of a SET OF INDICATORS: • Economical • Technological • Environmental
  9. 9. Demonstrative Areas of SSM (NGO Catholic Relief Service), for the promotion of SSM on students and stakeholders. • Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico continued the implementation of their program, working with over 3000 farmers (CRS support)
  10. 10. Regional Workshop for Soil Laboratories Harmonization in Latin America, Mexico and The Caribbean and Launching of the Latin American Soil Labs Network (LATSOLAN), Texcoco, Mexico, March 1-3 2018 with the participation of 18 countries of both Regions and in connection with GLOSOLAN and Programs approval. Participation on the International Network of Soil Information Institutions (INSII) and the 3rd INSII Workshop at FAO HQ, October, 2017
  11. 11. Regional status of soil pollution: Central America, Mexico and The Caribbean Main Causes of Soil Pollution on the Region: • Fertilizers and Pesticides in high – input Agriculture • Mining • Oil spills
  12. 12. Next Future: • Soil Erosion Assessment in Central America, Mexico and The Caribbean Region. • Pillar 1. SSM Management Program (Promotion) • Pillar 2. World Soil Day 2018 celebration. • Pillar 2. Promotion of educational, training and divulgation activities. • Pillar 3. Development of a harmonized methodology for the region to obtain a baseline for the establishment of medium and long-term experimental trials that consider Impact Indicators. • Pillar 4. Improvement of the Data Base of the Region • Pillar 5. First Ring Test of analytical results among the members laboratories of the Network using their own methods and those agreed upon.
  13. 13. WEAKNESSES: Countries FAO Representations Focal Points However, WE KEEP MOVING FORWARD
  14. 14. GSP: an opportunity for the region that we can´t waste. GRACIAS DONATIONS are requested

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