Global Soil Partnership

International Network of Salt-affected Soils

The International Network of Salt-Affected Soils (INSAS), launched in 2019 during the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture’s (ICBA) first Global Forum on Innovations for Marginal Environments, is a Technical Network of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and follow its Rules of procedure. The Network aims to facilitate the sustainable and productive use of salt-affected soils for the current and future generations.

The mission of INSAS is to support and facilitate joint efforts towards the sustainable management of salt-affected soils for food security, agricultural sustainability and climate change adaptation and mitigation. 

For more information contact [email protected] and the GSP-Secretariat

INSAS functions and duties

Soil salinization and sodification are major threats to global food security and to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as identified in the Status of the World Soil Resources report (FAO and ITPS, 2015).
In the last decade, there have been several global fora on salt-affected soils: SPUSH meeting, Global Forum on Salinization and Climate Change, Valencia, Spain 2010; International Conference on Soil Classification and Reclamation of Degraded Lands in Arid Environments, Abu Dhabi, UAE 2010; the Third International Salinity Forum, Riverside, USA 2014; Saline Futures, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands 2019. They highlighted the importance of working towards an integrated approach to the management of salt-affected soils that converges soil, water and plant knowledge with practical solutions through joint actions of scientists, international organizations, research institutions, farmer associations, policy makers, and governments.
To address this need, members of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) as per recommendation of its Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) have endorsed the establishment of the International Network of Salt-Affected Soils (INSAS) during its Plenary Assembly on 5-7 June 2019, in Rome. The launch of INSAS took place during the Global Forum on Innovations for Marginal Environments on 20-21 November 2019, in Dubai.
The main goal of INSAS is to facilitate the sustainable and productive management of salt-affected soils for current and future generations.

The establishment of this network has the following objectives:

1. To promote the sustainable management of salt-affected soils;
2. To develop a harmonized approach and indicators for the assessment, mapping and monitoring of salt-affected soils;
3. To develop guidelines and manuals on good practices for the sustainable management of salt-affected soils;
4. To provide a platform for countries with salt-affected soils to discuss common issues related to the most suitable methods for protection from deterioration and the sustainable management and reclamation of salt-affected soils, as well as establish a network of experts on salt-affected soils to share and develop further knowledge on the issue;
5. To foster collaboration among INSAS member countries towards promoting the sustainable use and management of salt-affected soils, identify relevant knowledge and research gaps and promote regional and global joint research and development programs;
6. To enhance the collaboration between scientists, practitioners and policy-makers aimed at the sustainable management of salt-affected soils;
7. To serve as a platform for capacity development, knowledge sharing and technical cooperation on salt-affected soils monitoring and management;
8. To advocate towards the halt and reversal of the negative trends in expansion of salt-affected soils through different instruments.

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INSAS Governance
Chairman

Prof. Dr. Jorge Batlle-Sales, University of Valencia, Spain 

Dr. Katarzyna Negacz , Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Dr. Meisam Rezaei , Soil and Water Research Institute, Iran
INSAS Coordinator Maria Konyushkova

Prof. Dr. Mohammad Jamal Khan, University of Agriculture, Pakistan and Dr. Ashok K. Patra, ICAR – Indian Agricultural Research Institute, India are the ITPS representatives to INSAS. The work of INSAS is also supported by the members of the ITPS Salinity working group: Rosa Poch (Spain), Megan Balks (New Zealand), Kutaiba Hassan (Iraq), Rafla Attia (Tunisia).

Any partner of the FAO Global Soil Partnership can become a member of INSAS. To become a partner of the Global Soil Partnership, please register through the form here


National institutions, academia, NGOs, civil society, farmer associations, and other stakeholders interested to participate in the joint action to achieve the sustainable and productive management of salt-affected soils are welcome to join this network.
To join the network, please fill out the online form available in English | French | Spanish.
You can also download the form in English | French | Spanish, and send it to [email protected] and [email protected] in cc.


Geographical distribution of INSAS members

Main activities

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Global Symposium on Salt-affected Soils

20-22 October 2021, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

The Symposium will be a science-policy meeting, organized by FAO-GSP, ITPS, the Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG), the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) and the International Center on Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA).

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Capacity development on saline soil

Handbook and training on salinity in Eurasia

The capacity development training organized by FAO-GSP, Eurasian Center for Food Security, NSC ISSAR was held on 26-29 September 2017 in Kharkiv, Ukraine for Eurasia with the objective to train ontechnologies to sustainably manage saline soils.

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Call for projects for Eurasian countries

The GSP subregional partnership and the ECFS

Eurasia characterizes for salt-affected soils that put at risk food security and the achievement of the SDGs. Two calls for projects on soil research and on soil salinity mitigation and adaptation are launched annually to facilitate targeted research and partnerships.


Related activities

Soil Salinity Mapping
Upcoming Global Soil Salinity map

Expected release October 2021

FAO-GSP is developing the Global Soil Salinity map (GSSmap) to update the global and country-level information on salt-affected soils and lay ground for future periodic monitoring.

Soil salinity trainings
Global Soil Salinity Trainings in all regions

Capacity development at global scale

Through eight regional trainings, the capacity development programme organized by FAO-GSP, reached 133 countries and more than 400 experts to produce the global salinity map.

Global report
Global Status of Salt-affected Soils

FAO publication: expected release for WSD 2021

The report on the Global Status of Salt-Affected Soils is focused on the salt-affected soils extent and intensity of salt levels in the soil at the national, regional and global scales.


INSAS meetings

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1st INSAS
First meeting on INSAS
Virtual | 14-15 April 2021

The mission of INSAS is to support and facilitate joint efforts towards the sustainable management of salt-affected soils for food security, agricultural sustainability and climate change adaptation and mitigation..

Launch INSAS
Launch of the International Network on Salt Affected Soils
International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), Dubai, UAE | 21 November 2019

On the occasion of the ICBA 20th anniversary celebrations, the Global Forum on Innovations for Marginal Environments (GFIME) was organized..


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