Global Soil Partnership

Near East and North Africa Soil Partnership (NENA)

Capacity Development on Digital Soil Mapping, November 2015

Soil is the essential component of land and production systems and performs important ecosystem functions. Land degradation and loss of soil quality are widespread in many cropping systems in NENA countries, leading to declining soil fertility and productivity, hydrological disturbance, loss of biological diversity and reduced soil carbon. ... Read more

NENA Soil Partnership Conference, June 2015

Thirty-six participants from 20 countries, regional and international institutes participated in the “NENA Soil Partnership Conference: towards a regional implementation plan on sustainable management of soil resources”, 1˗3 June 2015, Amman, Jordan. The conference was launched by a high-level segment to deliver messages by policy makers, International and Regional Institutions and Keynote Speakers devoted to the International Year of Soils. A high-level panel discussion addressed emerging issues related to soil and climate change in the region and provided a perspective for future work orientations. ... Read more

Amman Communiqué 2015  |    Agenda   |   Presentations   |   Photogallery  |   List of participants

NENA Soil Partnership Conference, June 2014

A NENA Soil Partnership Conference was jointly organized with the Ministry of Agriculture of Jordan on 17-19 June 2014, in Amman, Jordan. The conference objectives were:

  1. to stocktaking on the status, needs and priorities for promoting sustainable soil management in the region;
  2. to institutionalize the NENA Soil Partnership by setting its secretariat and steering committee;
  3. to present the results and the gaps of the NENA Soil Information System Phase I; and
  4. to jointly define a roadmap for the implementation of actions at the NENA Soil Partnership.

The Conference was attended by representatives from 14 countries in the region and the Amman 2014 Recommendation was prepared during the conference.

Report | Amman recommendation | Agenda | Presentations | Photogallery

NENA Soil Partnership Inception Workshop, April 2012

On 1-5 April 2012 an inception workshop on soil information in Amman, Jordan was the occasion for establishing the initial Near East-North Africa Soil Partnership. 12 national soil institutions participated and presented their status in terms of soil information and soil activities as well as the needs and priorities that the regional partnership should focus on. 

The Ministry of Agriculture of Jordan was the host of this meeting and is leading the implementation of some regional activities. The Amman Communiqué 2012 was prepared by the participants in which they fully support the Global Soil Partnership and expressed that there is need for strengthening the soil institutions through capacity development and investing in sustainable soil management practices. 

FAO through the GSP is supporting the implementation of a regional soil information activity that will boost the formal establishment and implementation of the MENA Soil Partnership.

Amman Communiqué 2012 | Inception workshop announcement | Agenda | Presentations | Photogallery