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Regional Soil Partnerships

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Regional Soil Partnerships (RSPs) were established among interested and active stakeholders of the same regions. These RSPs are working in close collaboration with FAO Regional Offices and establishing an interactive consultative process with national soil entities (soil survey institutions, soil management institutions, soil research institutions and soil scientists working in land resources, climate change and biodiversity institutions/programmes, etc), as well as with regional soil science societies and other relevant regional mechanisms under the various related conventions. Regional Soil Partnerships build on existing regional networks or collaborative processes and provide guidance on regional goals/ priorities and their required implementation mechanisms and should regularly review progress in reaching common objectives and targets.

Each RSP is composed of 5 working groups, one for each of the GSP pillars. They focus on the development of activities under the Regional Implementation Plan. The Regional Steering Committee (SC) provides strategic direction to the RSPs and advise the SC Chair regarding decision-making and reporting to the GSP. The Chair is elected by the Regional Focal Point and participates at sessions of the GSP Plenary Assembly to report on regional activities.