In order to achieve the strategic objectives, it is proposed
that the GSP should address five main pillars of action:
- Harmonizing and establishing guidelines and standards of methods,
measurements and indicators;
- Strengthening of soil data and information: data collection, validation, reporting, monitoring and integration of data with other disciplines;
- Promoting targeted soil research and development focusing on identified gaps and priorities and synergies with related productive, environmental and social development actions;
- Promoting sustainable management of soil resources and improved global governance for soil protection and sustainable productivity;
- Encouraging investment and technical cooperation in soils.
There is increasing degradation of soil resources due to population pressures, inappropriate practices and inadequate governance over this valuable resource. Soils can be considered as non-renewable in the time frame of human activities.
The GSP will aim towards collaboration and sharing of responsibilities so as to provide a coherent framework for joint strategies and actions.
The GSP should aim at facilitating the dialogue and interaction among the various users and stakeholders currently using soil resources at global scale.
The ultimate twinned goal of the GSP should be the sustainable and productive use of the soil resources of the world.
Soil resources are limited and need to be preserved
for feeding the growing population of the world.