Partenariat mondial sur les sols

Launch of the Belgian Soil Laboratory Network | BESOLAN

Shining a light on spectroscopy for sustainable soil managment

Global Soil Laboratory Network 

The Global Soil Laboratory Network (GLOSOLAN) was established in 2017 to build and strengthen the capacity of laboratories in soil analysis and to respond to the need for harmonizing soil analytical data. Harmonization of methods, units, data and information is critical to (1) provide reliable and comparable information between countries and projects; (2) allow the generation of new harmonized soil data sets; and (3) support evidence-based decision making for sustainable soil management.

The work of GLOSOLAN supports the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the mandate of FAO on food security and nutrition. For more information contact [email protected]

Soils: if you cannot measure it, you cannot manage it 

GLOSOLAN Areas of work 

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GLOSOLAN Governance

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National Soil Laboratories and Regional Soil Laboratory Networks joined forces to work towards harmonization of data, data analysis and methodologies.

5th working session INSII
Fifth meeting
Online, Zoom platform | 23 - 25 November 2021

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5th working session INSII
Fourth meeting
Online, Zoom platform | 11 - 13 November 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was organized virtually and was attended by 567 participants from 95 countries.

3rd GLOSOLAN meeting
Third meeting
FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy | 28 - 30 October 2019

GLOSOLAN Chair reported on the activities implemented by GLOSOLAN in 2018-2019 noting that the work plan agreed for was fully implemented.

2nd GLOSOLAN meeting
Second meeting
FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy | 28 - 30 November 2018

A first global survey was launched to identify laboratory priorities and to assess regional differences in procedures and methodologies.

1st GLOSOLAN meeting
First meeting
FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy | 1 - 2 November 2017

During its first meeting GLOSOLAN agreed upon a concrete roadmap and ToRs for the network and its Chair.

GLOSOLAN Interactive map

The map shows all laboratories registered in the Global Soil Laboratory Network and reports:

  • Laboratory name 
    Laboratory acronym 
    Laboratory full address 
    Name of the head of the laboratory 
    The Regional Soil Laboratory Network (RESOLAN) the laboratory refers to 
    Date of registration in GLOSOLAN 
    National Reference Laboratories are displayed in green, while additional registered laboratories are colored in blue. 


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How does GLOSOLAN work?

How does GLOSOLAN work?

GLOSOLAN is a participative network in which member laboratories and experts in soil analysis share their information and experiences at the purpose of developing harmonized standards and training material that are published on the GLOSOLAN webpage for free.

Please note that there is no registration fee or any annual cost to join GLOSOLAN.

Each member of GLOSOLAN matters! GLOSOLAN decisions are made using a bottom-up approach. Every year, laboratories from a same region are given the opportunity to discuss about their priorities and needs, and their position on topics to be discussed at the annual GLOSOLAN meetings. In this regard, countries are organized into Regional Soil Laboratory Networks (RESOLANs), the skeleton of GLOSOLAN. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the each RESOLAN Chair and vice-Chair to report about the position of his/her RESOLAN and make sure that regional requests are well included in the annual GLOSOLAN work plan.

In addition to the regional networks, GLOSOLAN is promoting the establishment of National Soil Laboratory Networks. Due to the lack of financial resources, the Global Soil Partnership of FAO is able to financially support the participation of only one person per country to the RESOLAN meetings. In this regard, it is important that laboratories organize themselves into national network. The establishment of National Soil Laboratory Networks is important for several reasons:

1. It promotes harmonization processes in soil analysis at the national level.

2. It facilitates the transfer of the knowledge acquired by laboratories participating in GLOSOLAN activities at the national level. Indeed, laboratories benefitting from GLOSOLAN training should transfer the acquired knowledge to other laboratories in their country. This process is critical also for overcoming language and cultural barriers.

Please consult the menu on the left to learn more on the Regional and National Soil Laboratory Networks.

Why shall I register my laboratory in GLOSOLAN?

Why shall I register my laboratory in GLOSOLAN?

By registering your laboratory in GLOSOLAN you will have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with other laboratories in your country, region or in the world;
  • Participate in the GLOSOLAN proficiency tests;
  • Get trained on topics like internal and external quality control, health and safety, standard operating procedures, soil spectroscopy, use and maintenance of equipment and much more;
  • Be promptly notified on GLOSOLAN and regional events as well as on the publication of new documents and training material.

How can I register my laboratory in GLOSOLAN?

How can I register my laboratory in GLOSOLAN?

Fill out the form (EN, ES, FR) and send it to [email protected] and to [email protected]. Once your application is processed, your laboratory will be shown on the interactive map. At the moment of their registration in GLOSOLAN, all laboratories receive a letter and a certificate of registration. Please note these documents DO NOT certify the proficiency of laboratories in soil analysis. Therefore, they cannot be used to state that a laboratory is certified under GLOSOLAN or has a good proficiency in soil analysis. The performance of National Reference Soil Laboratories is monitored on an annual basis. GLOSOLAN will request national focal points for the replacement of any National Reference Soil Laboratory that does not comply with its role and tasks.

Why is it important to invest in soil laboratories?

Why is it important to invest in soil laboratories?

Investing in more efficient labs and harmonized data has national, regional and global implications. GLOSOLAN is an efficient and effective way to:

  • Provide reliable evidence to support better decision-making at both field and policy levels;
  • Support countries in reporting on progress made towards the SDGs;
  • Contribute to the development of international standards and indicators;
  • Contribute to the assessment, monitoring and sustainable management of soil and provide quality data to support the establishment of National Soil Information Systems that can feed into the Global Soil Information System (GLOSIS);
  • Assist companies manufacturing laboratory equipment in improving their products;
  • Identify research gaps and increase investments in research.

Download the poster: Global Soil Laboratory Network (GLOSOLAN): why does soil analysis matter?

Global Soil Laboratory Network (GLOSOLAN): why does soil analysis matter?