Global Soil Partnership

Asian Soil Partnership | Regional initiatives

Soil Atlas of Asia

The Soil Atlas of Asia is being prepared by contributing authors and members of the Editorial Board under the facilitation of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP-FAO) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC-EC). In this regard, the Soil Atlas of Asia will form part of a collection of Atlases initiated and produced by the JRC-EC, who will sponsor its development. The Atlas aims to  (1) raise awareness amongst the general public, land managers/owners, policy makers, politicians, NGOs and other scientific communities of the importance of soil in Asia, (2) support policies and instruments for investment, agriculture, environmental issues, climate change, development and aid assistance, urban planning, and more, (3) provide educational material to schools and universities to support learning, and (4) provide a baseline for further soil assessments in the region.

Geographical scope: The Atlas involves countries in the Asian Soil Partnership, the Near East and North African Soil Partnership (Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon) and the Eurasian part of the European Soil Partnership (Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan). This scope also reflects areas outside of the existing Soil Atlases (i.e. Europe, Northern Circumpolar and Africa).



2022 (in person)

Soil Atlas of Asia & AFACI Training Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping 12-16 September 2022

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2022 (online)


Fifth meeting of the Editorial Board of the Soil Atlas of Asia, 10-12 May 2022

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2022 (online)

AFACI Training on National Soil Databases and Soil Property Mapping 02-03 and 09-10 February 2022

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2022 (online)

AFACI GSOCseq Training Sessions: 17-21 January 2022 

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2021 (online)

AFACI Training Session: Training on National Soil Databases and Soil Property Mapping, 15-19 November 2021

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2020 (online)

Fourth meeting of the Editorial Board of the Soil Atlas of Asia, 24-27 November 2020

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2020 (online)

Third meeting of the Editorial Board of the Soil Atlas of Asia, 7-10 July 2020

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2020 (online)

WRB workshop on the Soil Atlas of Asia, 25 - 26 June 2020

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2019 Jeonju

Second meeting of the Editorial Board of the Soil Atlas of Asia, Jeonju, Republic of Korea, 29 Apr - 3 May 2019

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2018 Quezon City

First meeting of the Editorial Board of the Soil Atlas of Asia, Quezon City, Philippines, 12 - 15 Mar 2018

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Center of Excellence for Soil Research in Asia (CESRA)

In the framework of launching coordinated actions on soil protection, management and restoration, the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Soil Research in Asia (CESRA) was included in the regional implementation plan of the Asian Soil Partnership (ASP) (December 2016, Bangkok, Thailand). CESRA was ultimately established and launched in Bangkok, Thailand on the 5th of December 2018. During the 5th ASP Plenary Meeting (New Delhi, India, February 2019), national focal points to ASP member countries revised and endorsed CESRA’s mission, objectives, structure and work plan so to allow the center to become operative in 2019.

Learn more on CESRA by visiting the website:

Additional information are available in the CESRA flyer and in Annex 4 of the 5th ASP meeting report

All research institutes, centers, organizations and universities are welcome to register in CESRA by completing the registration form. The completed form should be sent to [email protected] and [email protected] All members will receive a letter and a certificate of registration.