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Eurasian Soil Partnership (EASP)

Given the specificities of the eastern European and Eurasian GSP members, a sub-regional soil partnership within the ESP was created covering the Eurasian sub-Region and chaired by the Russian Federation. The 13 countries composing the Eurasian Soil Partnership are the following: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey, Tukmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. A specific implementation plan for the GSP priorities has been developed at sub-regional level for Eurasia, and partners agreed that the main goal for the EASP should be the implementation of sustainable soil management practices at a wider scale, especially in areas affected by soil salinity.

Together with national authorities and relevant stakeholders/partners, FAO has already been supporting the development of prospective programmes for achieving this goal. One example is FAO’s support for the formulation of a multi-country project on ‘Upscaling Integrated Natural Resources Management in drought-prone and salt-affected agricultural production landscapes in Central Asia and Turkey’ (11,000,000 USD, 5 years) under GEF-6.

Working groups

The following EASP Steering Committee members took over the leadership for the pillars of action:

Pillar 1 Chair: Hakki E. Erdogan (Turkey)

  Pillar 2 Chair: Igor Savin (Russia)

  Pillar 3 Chair: Svyatoslav Baliuk (Ukraine)

Pillar 4 Chair: Ramazan Kuziev (Uzbekistan)

Pillar 5 Chair: Hukmatullo Ahmadov (Tajikistan)

Steering Committee

The Governance for the Eurasian Soil Partnership is composed as follows:

  • Chair: Hukmatullo Ahmadov (Tajikistan)
  • Vice-chair: Gulchekhra Khasankhanova (Uzbekistan)
  • GSP Secretariat : Ronald Vargas (FAO Headquarters), Eymen Toprak (FAOSEC)
  • EASP Secretariat: Pavel Krasilnikov, Maria Konyushkova, Alexey Sorokin

The Steering Committee for the Eurasian Soil Partnership includes the representatives of the following institutions:

  • Moscow State University (Russia)
  • Dokuchaev Soil Science Institure (Russia)
  • Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (Turkey)
  • Institute of Soil Science and Agrochemistry named after O.N. Sokolovski (Ukraine)
  • Institute of Land Management (Kyrgyzstan)