The second Plenary Meeting of the Eurasian Soil Partnership (EASP) was held in Izmir, Turkey, from 16 – 18 June 2015 for finalizing a five year rolling sub-regional ‘Implementation Plan’. The “Izmir Communiqué” (in Russian) was adopted and signed by all participants highlighting commitments for promoting wide uptake of sustainable soil management and restoration of degraded soils in the region.
The first Plenary Meeting of the Eurasian Soil Partnership (EASP) was held in conjunction with the International Conference on Arid Land Studies (ICAL2) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, from 10-11 September 2014. It focused on the adoption of the Plans of Action for each of the five Pillars of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and regional priorities. The Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS) chaired the Plenary Meeting. The full report is available here
The launch of the Eurasian Sub-regional soil partnership took place in Moscow, Russian Federation, on 20th November 2013 with the participation of representatives from national soil institutions, universities, NGOs and regional institutions from Kazakhstán, Kyrgyzstán, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The venue was an opportunity to discuss about the main issues and priorities for the region regarding soil resources. Notably, soil salinity was identified as the main hazard to healthy soils in the region and a common view towards its reversal was identified. The Moscow communiqué (in Russian) was prepared by the participants and agreed to establish the Eurasian Soil Partnership as a chapter of the European Soil Partnership. The Secretariat is based in Moscow, Russian Federation at the Eurasian Center for Food Security.