Why a Global Soil Partnership?
Soil is an essential resource and a vital part of the natural environment from which most of the global food is produced. At the same time, soil provides living space for humans, as well as essential ecosystem services which are important for water regulation and supply, climate regulation, biodiversity conservation, carbon sequestration and cultural services. But soils are under pressure from increases in population, higher demands for food and competing land uses. Approximately 33% of our global soils are degraded and [...]
How we get things done
The Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) is the main yearly meeting of ITPS members, GSP Executive Secretariat, representatives of the different partners and members to FAO. This assembly is in charge of reviewing and prioritizing GSP actions, and facilitating a balanced regional decision-making process.
The ITPS is composed of 27 top soil experts representing all the regions of the world. The main function of the ITPS is to provide scientific and technical advice and guidance on global soil issues. The ITPS advocates for addressing sustainable soil management in the different sustainable development agendas.
The Healthy Soils Facility has been formulated in response to a specific request from the first meeting of the Plenary Assembly of the GSP. This Facility is meant to constitute a major “operational arm” of the GSP and is designed to align resource partners willing to join forces in support of the GSP.