The second Plenary Meeting of the Eurasian Soil Partnership (EASP) was held in conjunction with the International Conference on Arid Land Studies (ICAL2) from 10-11 September 2014. It focused on the adoption of the Action Plan of the Partnership. The Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS), serving as the Secretariat of EASP, is responsible for the program of the Plenary Meeting. The report is available here
The launch of the Eurasian Sub-regional soil partnership took place on 20th November 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 Euroasian Subregional Soil Partnership as a chapter of the European Soil Partnership. The Secretariat will be based in Moscow, Russian Federation at the Eurasian Center for Food Security.