Pillar 3: Promote targeted soil research and development focusing on identified gaps, priorities and synergies with related productive, environmental and social development actions
A key mandate of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) is to emphasize, in all relevant venues, the essential role of soils for humankind, including the development and implementation of a global strategy for soils research and development (R&D) to enhance the ability of soils to make important contributions to ecosystem services.
The Plan of Action for Pillar 3 stresses the enhancement of strategic collaboration within the global soils R&D community, with a main facilitating role of the GSP; provides pertinent background considerations on potential contribution of R&D to global economic growth, environmental sustainability and social development; and proposes a framework for implementation of concrete action plans and programmes.
The main expected outcome under this pillar is the engagement of all potential actors to develop R&D strategies, invest resources and execute complementary actions towards agreed objectives.
Composition of the Pillar 3 Working Group
Chair: Liesl Wiese
Secretary: Ronald Vargas
Africa: Mr. Martin Yemefack (Cameroon)
Asia: Mr. Kazuyuki Yagi (Japan)
Europe: Coen Ritsema/ Eurasia: Svyatoslav Baliuk
Central America, Caribbean and Mexico: Mr Carlos Henriquez (Costa Rica)/ South America:
Near East and North Africa: Dr Rafaat Kamal Yacoub
North America: Jerry Hatfield
South West Pacific: David J Hunter, Samoa