Global Soil Partnership

International Network of Black Soils

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.

Under the aegis of the GSP, the International Network of Black Soils (INBS) was established with the aim of providing 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 during the GSOC17 symposium 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 among countries with Black Soils that will identify relevant research gaps to be addressed in a report on the global status, the current productivity and the challenges in black soils. The ITPS will provide the scientific advice needed while the GSP Secretariat will facilitate the implementation of agreed activities upon contribution of resource partners.

The delegates from 18 black soil countries/regions and members of the INBS signed the Harbin communiqué in China (September 2018) and agreed to advance science and technology of black soils management in the world.

Objectives of the INBS

The establishment of this network has the following objectives:

  • To provide a platform for countries with black soils to discuss common issues related to the conservation and sustainable management of Black Soils;
  • To develop a report on the global status, current productivity and challenges in black soils;
  • To foster collaboration among these countries towards promoting the sustainable use and management of Black Soils and identify relevant research gaps;
  • To serve as a platform for knowledge sharing and technical cooperation on Black Soils management.

How does the network work?

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).

Contact the INBS focal point in your country

Contact the INBS focal point in your country

Contact us at the GSP Secretariat if you would like to the email address of focal point in your country.

INBS focal point

Contact person


Ivan Vasenev (Russian Federation) 

previous Chair: Guiqing Han (China)

Vice -Chairman

Mykola Mirshnychenko (Ukraine)

Argentine Republic

Marcos Esteban Angelini


Xiaoyuan Geng

European Union

Luca Montanarella

Fed. Dem. Rep. of Nepal

Chandra Risal

Fed. Rep. of Brazil

Ademir Fontana


Tamás Hermann

Kingdom of Morocco

Rachid Moussadek

Kingdom of Thailand

Sunsanee Arunyawat

Kyrgyz Republic

Roza Orozakunova


Enkhtuya Bazarradnaa


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


Mykola Miroshnychenko


Skye Angela Wills

Check the International Black Soil Monitoring Network

Check the International Black Soil Monitoring Network

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