Global Soil Partnership
 

Mandate and Rules of procedure

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COMPOSITION AND GOVERNANCE (Click on the governance body for more details)

The Global Soil Partnership should become an interactive, responsive and voluntary partnership, open to governments, regional organizations, institutions and other stakeholders at various levels. 

Establishment of an Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) is proposed to provide scientific and technical advice on global soil issues. Members of the ITPS shall be nominated by the GSP Plenary Assembly for an initial term of 2 years, renewable for one additional term (with agreement of the GSP Plenary Assembly). These experts should act in their personal capacity, not receive instructions from any government or   institution, and provide the best possible scientific and technical knowledge available. The ITPS will advise the GSP and FAO itself as well provide an authoritative technical voice on global soil issues.  

Secretariat

The Global Soil Partnership Secretariat will be the coordination and facilitation body in charge of facilitating the implementation of the GSP actions through its regional partnerships and networks. The GSP will be hosted by FAO in view of its global mandate. 

Regional Soil Partnerships will be formed among interested and active stakeholders in the regions. These RPSs will work in close coordination with FAO Regional Offices and will establish an interactive consultative process with national soils entities and relevant regional institutions.  

The Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly is the main yearly meeting of ITPS members, GSP Executive Secretariat, representatives of the different partners and members to FAO. This assembly is in charge of reviewing and prioritizing GSP actions, and facilitating a balanced regional decision making process.

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Vision

The mandate of the GSP is to improve governance of the limited soil resources of the planet in order to guarantee healthy and productive soils for a food secure world, as well as support other essential ecosystem services, in accordance with the sovereign right of each State over its natural resources. The GSP should become an interactive and responsive partnership.

Mission

The GSP will also develop awareness and contribute to the development of capacities, build on best available science, and facilitate/contribute to the exchange of knowledge and technologies among stakeholders for the sustainable management and use of soil resources.