Global Soil Partnership

International Network of Black Soils

The International Network of Black Soils (INBS) aims to provide a platform for knowledge sharing for countries with black soils to discuss common issues related to the conservation and sustainable management of these soils and the need to foster technical exchange and cooperation. Launched in March 2017 in presence of representatives from national soil institutions from Argentina, Brazil, China, Russian Federation, and the USA, the INBS will foster collaboration and identify relevant research gaps to be addressed in a report on the global status, the current productivity and the challenges in black soils. Delegates from 18 countries signed the Harbin Communiqué (September,  2018). For more information contact the GSP-Secretariat and [email protected]

INBS definition, functions and duties

Black Soils are characterized by a thick, dark-colored soil horizon rich in organic matter. Due to their inherent high fertility, these soils remain very sensitive to anthropogenic intervention and are prone to severe degradation. Because of their high soil organic carbon (SOC) content, they are also very sensitive and can be potential large sources of greenhouse gases. Extensively and intensively farmed, they constitute the food basket for many countries. Notwithstanding the relatively small percentage (7%) of the world’s ice-free land surface Black Soils cover, it is crucial to promote their conservation and sustainable use to maintain their functioning in order to sustain their supporting food security while protecting the environment and mitigating climate change.

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The establishment of this network has the following objectives:

1. To provide a platform for countries with black soils to discuss common issues related to the conservation and sustainable management of Black Soils.

2. To develop a report on the global status, current productivity and challenges in black soils.

3. To foster collaboration among these countries towards promoting the sustainable use and management of Black Soils and identify relevant research gaps.

4. To serve as a platform for knowledge sharing and technical cooperation on Black Soils management.

Check the launching video

Check the DG Graziano Da Silva video message

The network is established under the framework of the Global Soil Partnership. Countries with Black Soils through their national soil institutions (i.e. Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Hungary, India, Mexico, Mongolia, Paraguay, Romania, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, etc.) will be invited to join this network under clear Terms of Reference and under the guidance of a Network Chair (to be appointed following the Terms of Reference). Check the International Black Soil Monitoring Network.

Contact us at the GSP Secretariat if you need to reach out the INBS country focal point.

INBS focal point Contact person

Ivan Vasenev (Russian Federation) 

Previous Chair Guiqing Han (China)
Vice -Chairman Mykola Mirshnychenko (Ukraine)
Secretary Yuxin Tong
Argentine Republic Marcos Esteban Angelini
Canada Xiaoyuan Geng
European Union Luca Montanarella
Fed. Dem. Rep. of Nepal Chandra Risal
Fed. Rep. of Brazil Ademir Fontana
Hungary Tamás Hermann
Kingdom of Morocco Rachid Moussadek
Kingdom of Thailand Sunsanee Arunyawat
Kyrgyz Republic Roza Orozakunova
Mongolia Enkhtuya Bazarradnaa
Poland Bozena Smreczak
Rep. of Mozambique Jose da Graca Tomo
Republic of Armenia Markosyan Albert
Republic of Bulgaria Toma Shishkov
Republic of Chile Rodrigo Osorio Hermosilla
Republic of China Baoku Zhou
Republic of Colombia Napoleón Ordóñez Delgado
Republic of Georgia Giorgi Ghambashidze
Republic of Indonesia Yiyi Sulaeman
Republic of Iraq Kutaiba M.Hassan
Republic of Kazakhstan Potehin Konstantin 
Republic of Kazakhstan Saparov Abdulla 
Republic of Moldova Tatiana Ciolacu
Republic of Turkey Hakkı Emrah Erdogan
Republic of Uruguay Carlos Clérici
Republic of Zambia Stalin Sichinga
Russian Federation Ivan Vasenev
Slovak Republic Martin Saksa
South Africa Matshwene E. Moshia III
Syrian Arab Republic Hussam Hag Mohame Husein
Ukraine Mykola Miroshnychenko
USA Skye Angela Wills

Main activities

International Symposium on Black Soils

Symposium on black soils

10 - 12 September 2018 | Harbin, China

Organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China and the government of the Heilongjiang Province, the Symposium promoted the sustainable use and management of black soils.

gsoc17 Implementation

GSOC17 Implementation Plan

Recommendations from the Symposium

Prioritizing soils with the highest carbon stocks in the development of national and regional policies on soil conservation to prevent SOC per the GSOC17 recommendations.

Photo contest on black soils

Photo contest on black Soils

Raising awareness for food security

Over 60 photos from 20 countries received for the contest, which challenged people to show the current status of black soils in their area or ways in which the region's black soils are sustainably managed