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Soil pollution poses a worrisome threat to agricultural productivity, food safety, and human health, but far too little is known about the scale and severity of that threat. This document presents key messages and the state-of-the-art of soil pollution and its implications. It addresses scientific evidences on soil pollution and highlights the need to assess the extent of soil pollution globally in order to achieve food safety and sustainable development. 


This second edition of the cookbook provides generic methodologies and technical steps to produce SOC maps and has been updated with knowledge and practical experiences gained during the implementation process of GSOCmap V1.0 throughout 2017. Guidance is mainly specific to SOC data, but as this cookbook contains generic sections on soil grid development it can be applicable to map various soil properties. PDF URL | FAO card


The World Soil Day Photo book 2017 presents WSD photographic stories in a visual narrative. This publication recognizes and prizes the efforts of all WSD event organizers worldwide. On 5 December more people than ever celebrated soil, carbon, and the opportunities right under our feet under the slogan “Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground”. PDF URL | FAO card


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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