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The Fifth Plenary Assembly (PA) of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) will be held from 20 to 22 June 2017 at FAO headquarters in Rome. It will be the occasion for member countries, GSP partners and observers to review and prioritize GSP actions while facilitating a fruitful regional decision-making process.

While the official notification to interested partners has been delivered through established channels, the agenda and all documents of the 5th session of the GSP Plenary Assembly are now available for online consultation.


Recently, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and its Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) launched a global endeavor to develop a Global Soil Organic Carbon map (GSOCMap) by the end of 2017 in support of the Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 15.3.1. The quality of soil carbon information at global level is still limited because much existing national soil information is not available for global application. However, a more precise and reliable global overview of soil organic carbon (SOC) is needed under different UN conventions such as the UN Convention to CombatDesertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, but especially as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At national level, such information can be used as reference SOC stocks, with the aim to refine national greenhouse gas inventories and assess the sensitivity of soils to degradation and climate change.

The GSOCMap will consist of national SOC maps, developed as 1 km soil grids, covering a depth of 0-30 cm.

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This document presents the main outcomes of the Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon (GSOC17) held at FAO headquarters (Rome, 21-23 March 2017).


Remarkable progress is coming from Australia with the first ‘Report Card’ mapping performances in the implementation of Sustainable Soil Management as referred to in the Revised World Soil Charter.