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The Global Soil Organic Carbon Map (GSOCmap), a country driven endeavour, allows the estimation of SOC stock from 0 to 30 cm. It represents a key contribution to SDG indicator 15.3.1.

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The “Global assessment of the impact of plant protection products on soil functions and soil ecosystems” prepared by the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) evaluates the impact of Plant Protection products, a subset of the overall range of pesticides, against the definition of sustainable soil management, in particular against soil biodiversity, soil functions, water quality and soil erosion. It provides a high-level, global-scale scientific opinion on the effects of plants protection products on soil functions and biodiversity.

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The Soil Painting competition is an awareness raising activity GSP proposed for World Soil Day 2017 which is open to children, teens and young university students all over the world, from age 5. The Soil Painting Tutorial is designed to guide participants that would like to enter the contest and produce a painting with soil-derived colors for the 5th of December, World Soil Day.

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A collection of practical scientific experiments on soil will make children work with a range of materials: Without soil, we would not be able to grow any crops or other useful plants, support any livestock, or have materials for building shelter!

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The Proceedings of the Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon 2017 (GSOC17) presents the abstracts of all scientific presentations held during the GSOC17 (21 - 23 March 2017). 103 oral presentations and 35 poster presentations built the core of this event triggering fruitful discussions on the state-of-science in measuring, preserving and enhancing soil organic carbon in different soils of the world. 

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