Global Soil Partnership

International Network of Soil Information Institutions

The International Network of Soil Information Institutions (INSII) is composed by nationally mandated institutions and GSP partners developing the Global Soil Information System (GLOSIS).

These institutions are also active members of the Regional Soil Partnerships. INSII members are the main implementing institutions of the Pillar 4 Implementation plan. These institutions have the technical ability to develop and share selected national soil information and data. All institutions, whether sub-national or national, regional or global, can join the INSII network for collecting and distributing information on the status of the soil resource.

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INSII Functions and duties

The INSII tasks include the following:

1. Convene an annual meeting to monitor progress on Pillar 4 implementation; The relationship to the Regional Soil Partnerships shall be regularly addressed and developed.

2. Contribute to the execution of the Pillar 4 Implementation Plan by serving as its strategic decision making body, within the constraints of the Pillar 4 Plan of Action approved by the GSP Plenary Assembly.

3. Report on progress and outstanding issues at each GSP Plenary Assembly.

4. Oversee the Pillar 4 Working Group (P4WG) and the Soil Data Facility (SDF).

5. Delegate to the Pillar 4 Working Group tasks, as needed, to support the efficient implementation of Pillar 4.

6. Provide access to soil geographic information in order to populate the products of the Global Soil Information System under specified conditions.

7. Support the process by providing overall guidance and advising on matters related to funding and implementation of actions.

The discussion of methodologies and product specifications, as well as a shared data infrastructure throughout the globe, are coordinated in a participatory approach through the INSII network. While ensuring consistency with national data sets and data policies, each institutions acts through the respective regional partnership and is also embedded in the global soil information system. The process is facilitated by the GSP secretariat. Each GSP member (government and other partner organization), willing to support the Pillar 4 Plan of Action, may select one or several institutions to participate in its implementation.

Main activities



The first global SOC data set of GLOSIS

The Global Soil Organic Carbon map has been produced by countries through a participatory process and an extensive capacity development programme.



A federation of soil information systems

The Global Soil Information System aims to develop a spatial data infrastructure that brings together soil information collected by national institutions.

DSM trainings


Towards national soil information systems

Cambodia, Macedonia and Latin America - among others - have developed their national soil information systems, respectively CamSIS, MaSIS and SISLAC.

Capacity development

In person and online training

GSSmap trainings

GSSmap Trainings

8 Trainings

GSSmap Trainings reached out 70 countries and 400 experts

GSOCmap trainings

GSOCmap Trainings

11 Trainings

GSOCmap Trainings reached out 110 countries and 300 experts

DSM trainings

DSM Trainings

7 Trainings

DSM Trainings reached out more than 120 countries and 500 experts.

Bootstrap Example

INSII Working sessions

National Soil Information Institutions joined forces to create the first International Network of Soil Information Institutions and decided on the roadmap, roles and responsibilities for the execution of GSP Pillar 4.

1st working session INSII
First working session
FAO headquarters, Rome | 08 - 10 December 2015

The establishment of the International Network of Soil Information Institutions: strengthening of soil data and information is the goal of GSP Pillar 4.

2nd working session INSII
Second working session
FAO headquarters, Rome | 24 - 25 November 2016

INSII discusses progress in the implementation of Pillar 4, which involves the GSOCmap, the development of the GLOSIS and SoilSTAT.

3rd working session INSII
Third working session
FAO headquarters, Rome | 31 October - 01 November 2017

INSII discussed the quality assurance and quality check of the national GSOCmap products 2017 and Pillar 5 soil information modelling and harmonization of soil analysis.

4th working session INSII
Fourth working session
FAO headquarters, Rome | 06 - 08 November 2018

INSII debated on the implementation and the Technical Specifications of GLOSIS, GLOSIS Data Products, SoilSTAT, and CountrySIS Guidelines.

5th working session INSII
Fifth working session
FAO headquarters, Rome | 21 - 23 October 2019

During its annual meeting INSII monitors progress on Pillar 4 implementation. In particular the Global Soil Salinity and GSOC sequestration potential map were discussed. The draft concept note for GLOSIS and SOILSTAT were endorsed.

6th working session INSII
Sixth working session
FAO headquarters, Rome | 06 (only P4WG) 07 - 09 October 2020

INSII held its sixth working session online through the Zoom platform.

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