Healthy Soils Facility
The Healthy Soils Facility Trust Fund, PGM/MUL/2014-2018/GSP, has been formulated in response to a specific request from the Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) at its first meeting of June 2013. It was established in 2014 as an umbrella programme/facility over a five – year implementation period.
The Facility consist of the following components (linked to the five Pillars): i) Sustainable soil management; ii) Soil Information Systems and SoilSTAT; iii) Strengthening national soil institutions; iv) Awareness raising, education and policy dialogue; v) Soil research, extension and capacity building; vi) Soil conservation and soil restoration.
This Facility is meant to constitute a major “operational arm” of the GSP, and needs to operate in a context of major threats against limited soil resources in all regions and consequent urgent need for countries to take collective and individual action to reverse worrisome trends. In fact, it should be one of the concrete expressions of the new momentum for action and cooperation on soils, as embodied by the recently launched Partnership.
The Facility is designed to align resource partners (constituting an effective multi-partner platform) willing to join forces in support of the GSP, as it allows both for a cogent approach and full consistency with the GSP objectives. At the same time, it will maintain visibility of, and accountability for the underlying approved projects (to be financed either via the multilateral Trust Fund modality when resource partners so wish, or bilateral Trust Fund arrangements).