FAO soil team
FAO is the lead United Nations Agency concerned with Soils. It hosts the Secretariat of the Global Soil Partnership. Since the 1950s, FAO has produced soil manuals, maps, and profile databases. It has also assisted numerous developing countries in doing soil surveys, assessments and in promoting sustainable soil management.
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Senior Officer and Team leader of the Ecosystem Management team of the FAO’s Agricultural Plant Production and Protection Division. She is an expert in grassland management and ecosystem services from grassland based systems, including legume management for soil fertility enhancement, crop-livestock systems management to close soil fertility gap, climate change adaptation of agro-pastoral system including improved land and soil management practices, restoration of degraded vegetation, and sylvo-agro-pastoral practices.
Land use and Agriculture Policy
Agronomist, and Farming system specialist with a Phd in Economics and Public Policy. He has been working since 1990 on land use and agriculture policies. Currently policy analyst in FAO-ESA, he started working on Carbon flows, Carbon balance impact of policies, projects, and role of soil carbon in climate resilience since 2009, by using the EX-ACT carbon balance tool that was developed and tested through a series of partnerships with World Bank, IFAD, AfDB, ADB, AFD, GIZ, etc, He is leading the EX-ACT team.
Land and Soil Management
Senior Land/soils officer is supporting the Global Soil Partnership Secretariat in particular, the development of Pillar 1 plan of action on Sustainable soil management and restoration and collaboration with countries and partners on Sustainable land management, including watershed /landscape management, and Land degradation and SLM assessment and informed decision making.
Secretary of the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and Chair of the FAO Inter-Departmental Working Group on Biodiversity. She has been representing FAO in numerous international processes and initiatives related to biodiversity.
Land Management Officer for Asia and the Pacific region responsible for providing support to activities related to the development of sustainable soils and land management; soil and water conservation; land resources evaluation and monitoring; and integrated plant nutrient and soil fertility management in order to promote food security and sustainable agricultural production systems (Conservation Agriculture, Agro/Soil Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Smart Agriculture, Land Degradation and Desertification).
Forest Inventory and Monitoring
Forestry Officer, supports the member countries in establishing their forest inventory, mapping and monitoring systems including related soil survey and digital soil mapping components.
Technical Officer, supports the Land/Soils Team of the Division in the areas of land degradation assessment and the promotion of sustainable land management practices, with emphasis on project operations and collaboration with countries.
Jan Van Wambeke
Senior Land and Water Officer in the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (Santiago, Chile). Soil Scientist supporting Global Soil Partnership activities and actions in the Latin American and Caribbean region.
Soils and Land Management
Ronald Vargas Rojas is a Soils and Land Officer at FAO and since 2011, he is leading the implementation of the Global Soil Partnership. He is a Bolivian soil scientist with more than 15 years of working experience (research, academic and development) in natural resources management with a focus on sustainable soil management for food security and ecosystem services. His expertise includes land suitability and land degradation assessment, land use planning, soil mapping and soil management for climate change adaptation in Latin America, Africa, Near East and Asia. He has been the promoter of the International Year of Soils, the revised World Soil Charter, the Status of the World’s Soil Resources Report and the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management.