Partenariat mondial sur les sols

International Network of Salt-affected Soils

The International Network of Salt-Affected Soils (INSAS), launched in 2019 during the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture’s (ICBA) first Global Forum on Innovations for Marginal Environments, is a Technical Network of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and follows its Rules of procedure. The Network aims to facilitate the sustainable and productive use of salt-affected soils for current and future generations.

INSAS's mission is to support and facilitate joint efforts towards the sustainable management of SAS for food security, agricultural sustainability and climate change mitigation. 

For more information contact: [email protected] and the: GSP-Secretariat

INSAS functions and duties

Soil salinization and sodification are major threats to global food security and to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as identified in the Status of the World Soil Resources report (FAO and ITPS, 2015).
In the last decade, there have been several global fora on salt-affected soils: SPUSH meeting, Global Forum on Salinization and Climate Change, Valencia, Spain 2010; International Conference on Soil Classification and Reclamation of Degraded Lands in Arid Environments, Abu Dhabi, UAE 2010; the Third International Salinity Forum, Riverside, USA 2014; Saline Futures, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands 2019. They highlighted the importance of working towards an integrated approach to the management of salt-affected soils that converges soil, water and plant knowledge with practical solutions through joint actions of scientists, international organizations, research institutions, farmer associations, policy makers, and governments.
To address this need, members of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) as per recommendation of its Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) have endorsed the establishment of the International Network of Salt-Affected Soils (INSAS) during its Plenary Assembly on 5-7 June 2019, in Rome. The launch of INSAS took place during the Global Forum on Innovations for Marginal Environments on 20-21 November 2019, in Dubai.
The main goal of INSAS is to facilitate the sustainable and productive management of salt-affected soils for current and future generations.

The establishment of this network has the following objectives:

1. To promote the sustainable management of salt-affected soils;
2. To develop a harmonized approach and indicators for the assessment, mapping and monitoring of salt-affected soils;
3. To develop guidelines and manuals on good practices for the sustainable management of salt-affected soils;
4. To provide a platform for countries with salt-affected soils to discuss common issues related to the most suitable methods for protection from deterioration and the sustainable management and reclamation of salt-affected soils, as well as establish a network of experts on salt-affected soils to share and develop further knowledge on the issue;
5. To foster collaboration among INSAS member countries towards promoting the sustainable use and management of salt-affected soils, identify relevant knowledge and research gaps and promote regional and global joint research and development programs;
6. To enhance the collaboration between scientists, practitioners and policy-makers aimed at the sustainable management of salt-affected soils;
7. To serve as a platform for capacity development, knowledge sharing and technical cooperation on salt-affected soils monitoring and management;
8. To advocate towards the halt and reversal of the negative trends in expansion of salt-affected soils through different instruments.

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INSAS Governance
Chairman

Prof. Dr. Jorge Batlle-Sales, University of Valencia, Spain 

Dr. Katarzyna Negacz , Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Dr. Meisam Rezaei , Soil and Water Research Institute, Iran
INSAS Coordinator Maria Konyushkova

Prof. Dr. Mohammad Jamal Khan, University of Agriculture, Pakistan and Dr. Ashok K. Patra, ICAR – Indian Agricultural Research Institute, India are the ITPS representatives to INSAS. The work of INSAS is also supported by the members of the ITPS Salinity working group: Rosa Poch (Spain), Megan Balks (New Zealand), Kutaiba Hassan (Iraq), Rafla Attia (Tunisia).

Any partner of the FAO Global Soil Partnership can become a member of INSAS. To become a partner of the Global Soil Partnership, please register through the form here


National institutions, academia, NGOs, civil society, farmer associations, and other stakeholders interested to participate in the joint action to achieve the sustainable and productive management of salt-affected soils are welcome to join this network.
To join the network, please fill out the online form available in English.
You can also download the form in English | French | Spanish, and send it to [email protected] and [email protected] in cc.


Geographical distribution of INSAS members


Main activities

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Global Symposium on Salt-affected Soils

20-22 October 2021, online

The Symposium was a science-policy meeting, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, its Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the International Network of Salt-Affected Soils (INSAS), the Science Policy Interface of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (SPI-UNCCD), the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG), the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) and the International Center on Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA).

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Capacity development on saline soil

Handbook and training on salinity in Eurasia

This capacity development training was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, its Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Eurasian Center for Food Security, and the National Scientific Center “Institute for Soil Science and Agrochemistry Research named after O.N. Sokolovsky” (NSC ISSAR). It was held on 26-29 September 2017 in Kharkiv, Ukraine for the Eurasian region with the objective to train on technologies to sustainably manage saline soils.

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Call for projects for Eurasian countries

The GSP subregional partnership and the ECFS

Eurasia characterizes for salt-affected soils that put at risk food security and the achievement of the SDGs. Two calls for projects on soil research and on soil salinity mitigation and adaptation are launched annually to facilitate targeted research and partnerships.


Related activities

Soil Salinity Mapping
Global map of salt-affected soils

Launched on 20 October 2021

The new GSASmap based on FAO-GSP country-driven approach, gives updated information on the distribution of salt-affected soils worldwide. This map is important to identify hotspots where sustainable soil management practices should be adopted to halt salinization and lay ground for future periodic monitoring.

Soil salinity trainings
Global Soil Salinity Trainings in all regions

Capacity development at global scale

Through eight regional trainings, the capacity development programme organized by FAO-GSP, reached 133 countries and more than 400 experts to produce the global salinity map.

Global report
Global Status of Salt-affected Soils

FAO publication: expected release in 2022

The report on the Global Status of Salt-Affected Soils is focused on the salt-affected soils extent and intensity of salt levels in the soil at the national, regional and global scales.


INSAS meetings

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1st INSAS
First meeting on INSAS
Virtual | 14-15 April 2021

The mission of INSAS is to support and facilitate joint efforts towards the sustainable management of salt-affected soils for food security, agricultural sustainability and climate change adaptation and mitigation..

Launch INSAS
Launch of the International Network on Salt Affected Soils
International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), Dubai, UAE | 21 November 2019

On the occasion of the ICBA 20th anniversary celebrations, the Global Forum on Innovations for Marginal Environments (GFIME) was organized..


Constitutional documents


Related publications

Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH)

Handbook for saline soil management (EN | RU)

Technical specifications and Country guidelines (EN | ES)