الشراكة العالمية من أجل التربة

Global Soil Laboratory Network 

Soils: if you cannot measure it, you cannot manage it

The Global Soil Laboratory Network (GLOSOLAN) was established in 2017 to build and strengthen the capacity of laboratories in soil analysis and to respond to the need for harmonizing soil analytical data. Harmonization of methods, units, data and information is critical to (1) provide reliable and comparable information between countries and projects; (2) allow the generation of new harmonized soil data sets; and (3) support evidence-based decision making for sustainable soil management.

The work of GLOSOLAN supports the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the mandate of FAO on food security and nutrition. For more information contact [email protected]

الأسئلة

ما هي مجالات عمل GLOSOLAN الرئيسية؟

ما هي مجالات عمل GLOSOLAN الرئيسية؟

تعمل GLOSOLAN على تحسين كفاءة مخابر التربة في كل من الكيمياء الرطبة والجافة (التحليل الطيفي) من خلال:

·  كيمياء رطبة

  •  موائمة إجراءات التشغيل المعياريةSOPs) ) للطرائق المعروفة؛
  •   بناء قدرات المخابر في ضمان الجودة ومراقبة الجودةQA / QC) ) وهذا يشمل تنظيم اختبارات الكفاءة العالمية والإقليمية؛
  •  تعزيز الممارسات الجيدة في شراء / التبرع بالأجهزة واستخدامها وصيانتها؛
  •   تعزيز الممارسات الجيدة في مجال الصحة والسلامة.
  •  تقديم دورات تدريبية منتظمة للمخابر

·  كيمياء جافة (مطيافية)

  •  بناء مكتبة تربة طيفية عالمية معايرة (قاعدة بيانات) على أساس أطياف MIR مع البيانات المرجعية لخصائص التربة المصاحبة المسجلة في مخبر مرجعي معياري؛
  •  توفير خدمة تقدير خواص التربة المتاحة مجانًا والسهلة الاستخدام بناءً على مكتبة GLOSOLAN الطيفية MIR العالمية المتطورة؛
  •  دعم البلدان للمساهمة في مكتبة المعايرة الطيفية العالمية GLOSOLAN واستخدام خدمة تقدير خصائص التربة؛
  •  مواءمة طرائق التحليل الطيفي للتربة (بما في ذلك تحضير عينات التربة والقياس الطيفي وضمان الجودة لتحليل البيانات) من خلال وضع معايير وبروتوكولات؛
  •  تطوير قدرات الدول والمخابر في أداء قياسات التحليل الطيفي للتربة.

وقد طُلب من GLOSOLAN مؤخرًا أن تنظر أيضًا في تقييم جودة الأسمدة. من خلال إنشاء الشبكة الدولية لتحليل الأسمدةINFA) )، من المتوقع أن تقوم GLOSOLAN بما يلي:

  •  تطوير طرائق موائمة عالمية وإقليمية عند الضرورة لتقييم جودة الأسمدة؛
  •  تنظيم اختبارات الكفاءة العالمية للأسمدة.
  •  إنشاء مراكز إقليمية للتدريب وتقييم جودة الأسمدة؛
  •  بناء قدرات المخابر في مجال تقييم جودة الأسمدة من خلال التدريب وشراء الأجهزة والمعدات حسب الاقتضاء.

يرجى الرجوع إلى القائمة الجانبية للوصول إلى محتوى كل مجال من مجالات العمل.

كيف يعمل GLOSOLAN؟

كيف يعمل GLOSOLAN؟

GLOSOLAN هي شبكة تشاركية بحيث تشارك فيها مخابر التربة والخبراء الأعضاء في هذه الشبكة معلوماتهم وخبراتهم بغرض وضع معايير موائمة ومواد تدريبية يتم نشرها على صفحة GLOSOLAN على الويب مجانًا.

كل عضو في GLOSOLAN له أهمية بحيث يتم اتخاذ قرارات GLOSOLAN باستخدام نهج من القاعدة إلى القمة. في كل عام يتم إعطاء المخابر من نفس الاقليم الفرصة لمناقشة أولوياتها واحتياجاتها وموقفها من الموضوعات التي ستتم مناقشتها في اجتماعات GLOSOLAN السنوية. وفي هذا الصدد يتم تنظيم البلدان في شبكات مخابر التربة الإقليميةRESOLANs) ) وهي الهيكل العظمي لـ GLOSOLAN . لذلك يقع على عاتق كل رئيس ونائب رئيس RESOLAN مسؤولية الإبلاغ عن موقف RESOLAN الخاصة به والتأكد من أن الطلبات الإقليمية مدرجة بشكل جيد في خطة عمل GLOSOLAN السنوية.

بالإضافة إلى الشبكات الإقليمية تعمل GLOSOLAN على تعزيز إنشاء شبكات مخابر التربة الوطنية. ونظرًا لنقص الموارد المالية فإن الشراكة العالمية للتربة في منظمة الأغذية والزراعة قادرة على تقديم الدعم المالي لمشاركة شخص واحد فقط لكل دولة في اجتماعاتRESOLAN . وفي هذا الصدد من المهم أن تنظم المخابر نفسها في شبكة وطنية. إن إنشاء الشبكات الوطنية لمخابر التربة مهم لعدة أسباب:

  1.  يعزز عمليات المواءمة في تحليل التربة على المستوى الوطني
  2.  يسهل نقل المعرفة المكتسبة من قبل المخابر المشاركة في أنشطة GLOSOLAN على المستوى الوطني. وفي الواقع يجب على المخابر المستفيدة من تدريب GLOSOLAN نقل المعرفة المكتسبة إلى مخابر أخرى في بلدهم. هذه العملية حاسمة أيضًا للتغلب على الحواجز اللغوية والثقافية.

يرجى الرجوع إلى القائمة الجانبية لمعرفة المزيد عن شبكات مخابر التربة الإقليمية والوطنية.

What are the differences between National Reference and other registered soil laboratories?

What are the differences between National Reference and other registered soil laboratories?

In GLOSOLAN all registered laboratories have equal rights and opportunities!

Nevertheless, the Global Soil Partnership was forced to ask its national focal points to identify one champion laboratory (National Reference Soil Laboratory) that could lead the implementation of GLOSOLAN activities at the national level and transfer the knowledge acquired in GLOSOLAN to other laboratories. This request was due to the fact that GLOSOLAN works on a limited budget that cannot satisfy the requests for financial support of all registered laboratories.

Ultimately, priority is given to the National Reference Soil Laboratories in case of:

  • Shortage of soil samples for the execution of GLOSOLAN inter-laboratory comparisons;
  • Shortage of budget to cover participation costs to RESOLAN and/or GLOSOLAN meetings. Please note that financial support is provided as per FAO rules and procedures. In this regard, FAO can financially support participants from developing countries only.

Learn more about the Terms of Reference of National Reference Soil Laboratories and other laboratories registered in GLOSOLAN here (AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | TR). The performance of National Reference Soil Laboratories is monitored on an annual basis. GLOSOLAN will request national focal points for the replacement of any National Reference Soil Laboratory that does not comply with its role and tasks.

Why shall I register my laboratory in GLOSOLAN?

Why shall I register my laboratory in GLOSOLAN?

By registering your laboratory in GLOSOLAN you will have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with other laboratories in your country, region or in the world;
  • Participate in the GLOSOLAN proficiency tests;
  • Get trained on topics like internal and external quality control, health and safety, standard operating procedures, soil spectroscopy, use and maintenance of equipment and much more;
  • Be promptly notified on GLOSOLAN and regional events as well as on the publication of new documents and training material.

How can I register my laboratory in GLOSOLAN?

How can I register my laboratory in GLOSOLAN?

Fill out the form (EN, ES, FR) and send it to [email protected] and to [email protected]. Once your application is processed, your laboratory will be shown on the interactive map. At the moment of their registration in GLOSOLAN, all laboratories receive a letter and a certificate of registration. Please note these documents DO NOT certify the proficiency of laboratories in soil analysis. Therefore, they cannot be used to state that a laboratory is certified under GLOSOLAN or has a good proficiency in soil analysis. The performance of National Reference Soil Laboratories is monitored on an annual basis. GLOSOLAN will request national focal points for the replacement of any National Reference Soil Laboratory that does not comply with its role and tasks.

What laboratories are registered in GLOSOLAN?

What laboratories are registered in GLOSOLAN?

All laboratories registered in GLOSOLAN are shown on the interactive map

Why is it important to invest in soil laboratories?

Why is it important to invest in soil laboratories?

Investing in more efficient labs and harmonized data has national, regional and global implications. GLOSOLAN is an efficient and effective way to:

  • Provide reliable evidence to support better decision-making at both field and policy levels;
  • Support countries in reporting on progress made towards the SDGs;
  • Contribute to the development of international standards and indicators;
  • Contribute to the assessment, monitoring and sustainable management of soil and provide quality data to support the establishment of National Soil Information Systems that can feed into the Global Soil Information System (GLOSIS);
  • Assist companies manufacturing laboratory equipment in improving their products;
  • Identify research gaps and increase investments in research.

Who are GLOSOLAN's trainers and advisors?

Who are GLOSOLAN's trainers and advisors?

GLOSOLAN is constantly looking for highly qualified experts to involve in its activities as trainers and/or advisors. We are doing our best to keep our team as multicultural as possible in order to overcome language and cultural barriers and provide laboratories in need with as much support as possible. All our trainers and advisors work on a voluntary basis and their competency was tested.

Visit the Trainers and advisors webpage to learn more about them and get the help you need!

Feeling like joining the team? Send an email to [email protected] and to [email protected].

Can you tell me more about GLOSOLAN training system?

Can you tell me more about GLOSOLAN training system?

GLOSOLAN is organizing regular training opportunities to enhance laboratories’ technical and human capabilities. Training is organized appealing to a collaborative system in which volunteering laboratories and countries are given support to host and co-finance the trainings. Co-financing is seen as an asset to ensure the sustainability of the network, increase the attention and support of national governments on soil, and to advertise country specific strengths in soil laboratory analysis. Advanced laboratories and countries are especially invited to give their contribution, stretching their hand towards those in need.

Can you tell me more about GLOSOLAN governance?

Can you tell me more about GLOSOLAN governance?

The appointment of the Chair of the network takes place during the annual meeting of GLOSOLAN. The term for the Chairperson is two years after election, extendable via GLOSOLAN decision to a second term. The Chair is, whenever possible, supported by a vice-Chair in all its activities and tasks. The Terms of Reference for the positions of GLOSOLAN Chair and vice-Chair are available here (AR | ENESFR | RU | TR).

2019-2021
Chair: Ms Nopmanee Suvannang (Thailand)
Vice Chair: Mr Rob de Hayr (Australia)

The Chair and vice-Chair are supported in all their activities by the GLOSOLAN coordinator at the Global Soil Partnership Secretariat, [email protected].

2017-2019
Chair: Ms Nopmanee Suvannang (Thailand)
Vice Chair: NA

Who are GLOSOLAN technical support partners?

Who are GLOSOLAN technical support partners?

Those institutions co-financing and facilitating the implementation of GLOSOLAN activities and providing GLOSOLAN with trainers and advisors are herewith listed as GLOSOLAN technical support partners. 

Who is financially supporting GLOSOLAN?

Who is financially supporting GLOSOLAN?

Please visit the Healthy Soil Facility to learn about the resource partners of the Global Soil Partnership and its Global Soil Laboratory Network (GLOSOLAN).

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GLOSOLAN Interactive map

The map shows all laboratories registered in the Global Soil Laboratory Network and reports:

  • Laboratory name
  • Laboratory acronym
  • Laboratory full address
  • Name of the head of the laboratory
  • The Regional Soil Laboratory Network (RESOLAN) the laboratory refers to
  • Date of registration in GLOSOLAN

National Reference Laboratories are displayed in green, while additional registered laboratories are colored in blue.

Network growth

The Global Soil Laboratory Network is enlarging day after day, as new laboratories become GLOSOLAN members.

Job opportunities in soil laboratories

Is your laboratory/institute opening any vacancy? Let us know, we will inform our GLOSOLAN members about it!

Job vacancy

Soil Analyst Research Engineer - Deadline 10.03.2021

Employer: ETC, INRAE

Location: INRAE ECOSYS (near Paris)
Duration: 12 months fixed-term contract
How to apply: Send your CV and motivation letter to [email protected] and [email protected]


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GLOSOLAN Meetings

National Soil Laboratories and Regional Soil Laboratory Networks joined forces to work towards harmonization of data, data analysis and methodologies.

1st GLOSOLAN meeting
First meeting
FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy | 1 - 2 November 2017

During its first meeting GLOSOLAN agreed upon a concrete roadmap and ToRs for the network and its Chair.

2nd GLOSOLAN meeting
Second meeting
FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy | 28 - 30 November 2018

A first global survey was launched to identify laboratory priorities and to assess regional differences in procedures and methodologies.

3rd GLOSOLAN meeting
Third meeting
FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy | 28 - 30 October 2019

GLOSOLAN Chair reported on the activities implemented by GLOSOLAN in 2018-2019 noting that the work plan agreed for was fully implemented.

5th working session INSII
Fourth meeting
Online, Zoom platform | 20 - 23 October 2020

More information soon available

Constitutional documents

GLOSOLAN Factsheet
AR | ZH | EN | FR | RU | ES | TR

Terms of references of laboratories in GLOSOLAN
AR | ZHEN | FR | RU | ESTurkish

GLOSOLAN presentation letter
 AR | ZH | EN | FR | RU | ES

Terms of reference Chair and Vice Chair of GLOSOLAN
AR | ZH | EN | FR | RU | ES | Turkish

GLOSOLAN statement of commitment and confidentiality undertaking 
AR | FR | EN | FR | RU | ES


Resolution on the international exchange of soil samples
(Resolution | Full report of COAG 27th session)  

GSP soil data policy
AR  | ZH | EN | FR | RU | ES 

Global Assessment

Global Soil Laboratory assessment: 2018 online survey
EN