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Pillar 3: Promote targeted soil research and development focusing on identified gaps, priorities and synergies with related productive, environmental and social development actions

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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