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Key soil publications

FAO is the lead United Nation’s agency concerned with soils. It hosts the Secretariat of the Global Soil Partnership and has in its long history produced guidelines and manuals on all aspects of soils.  FAO assists member countries in soil matters in the field from HQ and Regional FAO offices with advice and project implementation.

Be The Solution to Soil Pollution

English

Global Soil Organic Carbon map: Technical Report

English

Soil Pollution: a Hidden Reality

English

Soil Organic Carbon Mapping Cookbook 2nd Edition

English

World Soil Day 2017 | Events around the globe in pictures

English

The GSOC map information leaflet

English | French | Spanish

Global assessment on the impact of plant protection products on soil functions and soil ecosystems

English 

Be inspired, take the challenge and celebrate soils!

English | Spanish

Soil Experiments for CHILDREN

EnglishSpanish | Italian

Proceedings of the Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon 2017

English

Handbook for Saline Soil Management

English | Russian

Soils' Potential to Contribute to Offset International Aviation Emissions

English

Unlocking the Potential of Soil Organic Carbon

English | Spanish | French

Soil Organic Carbon - The Hidden Potential

English | French | Spanish

Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management

English | French | Spanish Arabic | Chinese | Russian

Soil and Pulses, Symbiosis for Life

English 

Soil Loss Assessment in Malawi

English

 Land resources and food security of Central Asia and Southern Caucasus

Bilingual publication in English and Russian

Status of the World's Soil Resources

Main Report  | Technical Summary (Français  | Espanol)Brochure

Boosting Africa's Soils

English French

Testing Field Methods for Assessing the Forest Protective Function for Soil and Water

English

Field Guide for Rapid Assessment of Forest Protective Function for Soil and Water

English | Spanish

Revised World Soil Charter (2015)

EnglishFrench | Spanish | Arabic | ChineseRussian

Understanding Mountain Soils: A Contribution from mountain areas to the International Year of Soils 2015

English

Farmer's Compost Handbook (2015)

English | Spanish

World reference base for soil resources 2014, Update 2015

EnglishFrench | Russian 

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Soils Challenge Badge | Yunga Booklet (2014)

English | Chinese | SpanishFrench | Italian |  Portuguese | Russian

State of the Art Report on Global and Regional Soil Information (2013)

English

Soil carbon monitoring using surveys and modelling (2012)

English

Challenges and Opportunities for Carbon Sequestration in Grassland Systems (2010)

English

Visual Soil Assessment (VSA) Field Guides (2008)

English

Harmonized World Soil Database (2009)

English

World Reference Base for Soil resources (2006)

Arabic  |  English   |  German |   Polish  |  Russian    |  Turkish    |  Sloven   |  Spanish 

Guidelines for Soil Description (2006)

English  |  Spanish   |  Russian   |   Turkish 

Guidelines for Soil Description (2005)

English   |   Spanish   |  Russian   |   Turkish 

Optimizing soil moisture for plant production

English  |  Spanish

Major soils of the World (2002)

English

Regional Soil and Terrain Databases (1995-2008)

English

The FAO-UNESCO Soil Map of the World (1974-1980)

English

The FAO-UNESCO Soil Map of the World (1974-1980)

English

Soils Bulletins

FAO Soils Bulletins are an historical FAO serie which started in 1965. There are 80 issues and many of those are available in FAO official languages. We are currently in the process of scanning this bulletins therefore some links are not active. However, the full collection will be soon available.

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The importance of soil organic matter - key to drought-resistant soil and sustained food production, 2005

English

79

Optimizing soil moisture for plant production - the significance of soil porosity, 2003

English  |  Spanish

78

Conservation agriculture - case studies in Latin America and Africa, 2001

English  |  Spanish

77

Soil management and conservation for small farms: strategies and methods of introduction, technologies and equipment, 2000

English  |  Spanish

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World Soil Resources Reports

World Soil Resources Reports are an historical FAO serie which started in 1961. There are 104 issues and many of those are available in FAO official languages. We are currently in the process of scanning this reports therefore some links are not active. However, the full collection will be soon available.

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World reference base for soil resources 2014. International soil classification system for naming soils and creating legends for soil maps
English

105

Africa and the Carbon Cycle - Proceedings of the Open Science Conference on “Africa and Carbon Cycle: the CarboAfrica project”
English

104

Advances in the assessment and monitoring of salinization and status of biosaline agriculture, 2009

English

103

World reference base for soil resources 2006, First update 2007

English |  See here for updates and Translation in other 12 languages

102

Carbon sequestration in dryland soils, 2004
English | Spanish

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