Global Soil Partnership

GSP Plenary Assembly - Eight Session

The Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly (PA) constitutes the main venue where all GSP partners come together to make important decisions about the global soil agenda. The 8th PA of the Global Soil Partnership will take place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 4 to 5 June 2020

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List of documents


Opening of the Session


Adoption of the Agendafor decision

GSPPA VIII/2020/1 

Status of the GSP, findings of its evaluation and the way forwardfor information and decision


Report on the financial status of the GSP: for decision 


ITPS main achievements and work plan: for information


Highlights on the work of the GSP Pillars: for information and decision

  • Pillar 1 progresses on:
    • Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management
    • Protocol for the assessment of sustainable soil management


  • Pillar 2 progresses on:
    • World Soil Day, Glinka Prize and WSD Award
    • SoiLex
    • Global Soil Doctors Programme


  • Pillar 3 progresses on:
    • Report on the Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity
    • Preparation of the Global Symposium on Soil Salinity
    • Preparation of the Global Symposium on Nutrition-sensitive agriculture (Soil Fertility)
    • Decisions on upcoming symposia


  • Pillar 4 progresses on:
    • Global implementation plan
    • Global datasets
    • Global Soil Information System and SOILSTAT
    • International Network of Soil Information Institutions (INSII)


  • Pillar 5 progresses on:
    • Interoperability - exchange of digital soil information
    • Global Soil Laboratory Network


GSPPA VIII/2020/10

Report on Regional Soil Partnerships and way forward on the promotion of inter-regional cooperation: for information and decision

  • African Soil PartnershipAsian Soil Partnership
  • European and Eurasian Soil Partnership
  • Latin American Soil Partnership
  • NENA Soil Partnership
  • North American Sol Partnership
  • Pacific Soil Partnership
  • Inter-regional cooperation opportunities identified by RSP Chairs on 3rd June 2020

GSPPA VIII/2020/11

GSP work on soil threats: for information and decision

  • Soil organic carbon loss. Topics to be discussed:
    • Global soil organic carbon (GSOC) map v1.6 and GSOC map interpretation
    • RECSOIL toolkit:
      • Feasible and regionally contextualized guidelines for monitoring, reporting and verification of SOC stocks and SOC changes (SOC-MRV).
      • Advances on the Technical Manual on SOC Management.
      • Advances on GSOCseq map.
    • International Network of Black Soils (INBS)

GSPPA VIII/2020/12

  • Soil pollution. Topics to be discussed:
    • Global assessment of soil pollution
    • Technical guidelines on assessing, mapping, monitoring and reporting soil pollution

GSPPA VIII/2020/13

  • Soil erosion. Topic to be discussed: 
    • Country guidelines for updating global information on soil erosion

GSPPA VIII/2020/14

  • Soil biodiversity loss. Topics to be discussed:
    • Global Soil Biodiversity Assessment report
    • Action plan for the International Initiative for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Soil Biodiversity (Convention on Biological Diversity)

GSPPA VIII/2020/15

  • Soil salinity. Topics to be discussed: 
    • International Network of Salt-Affected Soils: progresses and way forward
    • Global Soil Salinity map

GSPPA VIII/2020/16

  • Soil nutrient imbalance. Topics to be discussed: 
    • Implementation of the International Code of Conduct for the Sustainable Use and Management of Fertilizers

GSPPA VIII/2020/17

Election of the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, and appointment of the Rapporteur for the next period: for decision

Date and venue of the next Plenary session

Any other matters


The call for side event is open until 30 March 2020.

The shortlisted side events will take place from 12:00 to 14:00 on 4 and 5 June 2020.