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Soil Policies and Soil Governance

General view of the Red Room during the Global Soil Partnership for Food Security, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation meeting.

Governing the soil requires international and national collaboration between governments, local authorities, industries and citizens to ensure implementation of coherent policies that encourage practices and methodologies that regulate the usage of the soil resource to avoid conflict between users. 

The governance of soil, because its close link with land ownership, is maintained at a national level, unlike other non-renewable and climate sensitive resources. In the Developing world, soil governance is often geared towards agriculture to promote sustainable agriculture and ensure food security.  The need to monitor and avoid the negative effects of agricultural land use such as soil erosion has formed the basis of the discourse and awareness on soil governance, and has also seen the emergence of science and technology as mutual links between soil management and soil governance.