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Status of the World's Soil Resources

Main report

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Year of publication: 2015
Publisher: FAO
Pages: 650 p.
Job Number: I5199


The SWSR is a reference document on the status of global soil resources that provides regional assessments of soil change. The information is based on peer-reviewed scientific literature, complemented with expert knowledge and project outputs. It provides a description and a ranking of ten major soil threats that endanger ecosystem functions, goods and services globally and in each region separately. Additionally, it describes direct and indirect pressures on soils and ways and means to combat soil degradation. The report contains a Synthesis report for policy makers that summarizes its findings, conclusions and recommendations.

The full report has been divided into sections and individual chapters for ease of downloading:

Also available: Technical Summary of the Status of the World’s Soil Resources.

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