Global Soil Partnership
 

European Soil Partnership

On 31 October and taking the opportunity of the second Global Soil Week, the Global Soil Partnership Secretariat convened a workshop to discuss about the establishment of the European Soil Partnership. The Berlin communiqué was prepared  by the participants GSP partners and agreed to establish the European Soil Partnership whose Secretariat is based in Ispra, Italy. Also, the establishment of a Sub-regional Soil Partnership within the European Soil Partnership whose Secretariat would be based in Moscow, Russian Federation was endorsed. An ad-hoc steering committee was set up in order to support the different activities that will be implemented for its next meeting during first semester of 2014.

Eurasian Subregional Soil Partnership

As part of the International Conference on Eurasian Food Security Network and Eurasian Soil Partnership, held in Moscow, Russian Federation on 18-20 November 2013, 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.

First Plenary Meeting of the European Soil Partnership

Moscow Communiqué

Eurasian Sub-regional conference, Moscow 18-20 November 2013