Global Soil Partnership

Since its establishment, the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) has been actively working on different global soil issues as requested by the Global Soil Partnership partners and the global soils community. One of the main ITPS outputs will be the periodical preparation of the “Status of World Soil Resources Report”.

Today is a memorable day for the global soil science community as the 68th United Nations General Assembly has designated 5th of December as World Soil Day and declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils (resolution) !

Soil is a finite natural resource. On a human time-scale it is non-renewable. However, despite the essential role that soil plays for human livelihoods, worldwide there is increasing degradation of soil resources

In accordance with the ToRs and Rules of Procedure of the GSP, and as specifically recommended by the first GSP Plenary Assembly, the Secretariat has sought to support partners towards the establishment of active Regional Soil Partnerships.

Considering the urgency of addressing crucial global soil issues, the recently established Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils held its first working session from 22 to26 July 2013 at FAO HQ.

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ITPS report

The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) was launched today at the first Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership held at FAO Headquarters on 11 and 12 of June, 2013.


NEW! Report of the First Meeting of the GSP Plenary Assembly (english)

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European Commission supports GSP Implementation

Since its conception, the European Commission has been a major supporter for the establishment of the Global Soil Partnership, in line with the EU's Soil Thematic Strategy.  After extensive dialogue, a project proposal has been accepted in order to provide €1 million to the GSP for selected activities during 2014-2015.

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Upcoming events

21 May 2014 - 23 May 2014, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Ispra (Italy)

Soils Embrace Life and Universe
In commemoration of the 90th Anniversary of the IUSS

08 Jun 2014 - 13 Jun 2014, Jeju, Korea

Agenda (soon available)

22 Jul 2014 - 24 Jul 2014, FAO Headquarters in Rome

Latest event

07 Apr 2014 - 11 Apr 2014, FAO Headquarters in Rome

Latest News

The United Nations has declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils (IYS).


A selection of videos and educational animations explaining the different roles of soils in our lives is presented in this DVD.



In Brief

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New Soil Atlas: Latin America and Caribbean

NEW ! Launch of the GSP in Mexico, Central America and The Caribbean : Report

'Managing Living Soils' Workshop report

Launch of the GSP in Eastern and Southern Africa Report