Global Soil Partnership

Mandate and Rules of procedure

COMPOSITION AND GOVERNANCE (Click above 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. 

The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) provides scientific and technical advice on global soil issues. Members of the ITPS are 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 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 advise the GSP and FAO itself as well provide an authoritative technical voice on global soil issues.  


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

Regional Soil Partnerships are formed among interested and active stakeholders in the regions. These RPSs work in close coordination with FAO Regional Offices and 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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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.


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.