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NEW! The World Soil Day Award

The World Soil Day Award (WSDA) consists of a medal, a USD 15,000 check and a trip to Thailand. It honors individuals, communities, organizations and countries that organize remarkable and engaging World Soil Day activities or campaigns to demonstrate the importance of soils for all. 

About the award

About the award

The 6th GSP Plenary Assembly endorsed the establishment of the annual World Soil Day Award (WSDA), as a recognition tool for individuals and/or institutions that have made an effort to organize successful celebrations.

The Award is sponsored by the Kingdom of Thailand, the champion country in the establishment of the now-famous World Soil Day. The UN General Assembly decided in December 2013 to officially designate 5 December as World Soil Day to acknowledge the lifelong work and commitment of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand who has significantly contributed to improving the quality of lives of millions through sustainable soil management.

Who can apply?

Who can apply?

  • The Award may be granted to individuals, institutions, NGOs, academia, colleges and universities, private companies or any other entities;
  • A wide range of WSD events can be considered for the award. The event has to follow the WSD theme of theyear and has to take place between 1 - 15 Dec.

How to apply?

How to apply?

  • After the completion of the event, the organizers should submit the WSD report (download template here) to the Global Soils Partnership (GSP) Secretariat (GSP-Secretariat@fao.org) in any of the official UN languages;
  • Along with the report, WSD organizers are invited to complete their application by sending to the Secretariat:
    • high quality photographs (preferably accompanied by captions),
    • videos (showing the work-in progress and the results),
    • communication material or any related publications,
    • digital coverage (website/web stories/blog/ social media) and
    • demonstrated wide appeal in the media (i.e. media coverage and press release);
  • Pictures taken throughout the event must be shared on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) with the hashtags #WorldSoilDay and #GlobalSoilPartnership #UNFAO.
  • It is crucial that the organizers submit testimony or proof of the success of the World Soil Day celebration, and of the impact that the event had on raising awareness for the cause of healthy soils.

The Selection Committee

The Selection Committee

The World Soil Day Award Selection Committee consists of the nine Chairs of the Regional Soil Partnerships; the chair of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS); the chair of the Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly (GSP) and a representative from the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS).

How is the World Soil Day Award Laureate selected?

How is the World Soil Day Award Laureate selected?

The organizers should take into consideration the following selection criteria: commitment, public engagement and outreach, awareness raising, inter-institutional work, involvement of the press and media, impact at global, regional, national levels, and the inclusion of educational efforts in their planned activities (if possible).

Below is a brief description of the process involved in selecting the World Soil Day Award Laureate.

January Launch of the WSDA campaign. Organizers can submit the report to the GSP Secretariat (Download the template here) of the WSD event organized in the previous year.

JulyDeadline for submission. The completed nomination forms must reach the GSP Secretariat by post or email no later than 30 July. The GSP Secretariat will pre-screen the applications based on the abovementioned selection criteria and prepare a short list of the most qualified nominees.

August to October Assessment by the Selection Committee. The GSP Secretariat will send the short-listed nominees to the Selection Committee of the World Soil Day Award for their assessment of the candidates' work and for the final selection of the winner.

November - The name of the World Soil Day Laureate is announced.

December Award of the prize to the World Soil Day Laureate. The Ceremony will take place every year on 5 December in Thailand, during which the WSD Laureate is presented with the World Soil Day Medal, a prize of 15,000 USD and a paid trip to Thailand.

Note for WSDA 2018

Note for WSDA 2018

As the WSD award is being launched for the first time in 2018, all WSD17 organizers that registered their event on the FAO/World Soil Day website (link) will be invited by email to participate, compile and submit their WSD award report.