Global Soil Partnership

International Network of Salt-affected Soils

The International Network of Salt-Affected Soils (INSAS), launched during the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture’s (ICBA) first Global Forum on Innovations for Marginal Environments, 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 the GSP-Secretariat

INSAS functions and duties

The establishment of this network has the following objectives:

1. To provide a platform for countries with salt-affected soils to discuss common issues related to the conservation and sustainable management of salt-affected soils.

2. To foster collaboration among these countries towards promoting the sustainable use and management of salt-affected soils and identify relevant research gaps.

3. To serve as a platform for knowledge sharing and technical cooperation on salt-affected soils management.

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The network is established under the framework of the Global Soil Partnership. Countries with salt-affected soils through their national soil institutions 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).

Main activities


Global Symposium on Salt-affected Soils

13-16 September 2020, 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).


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.


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.

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