Global Soil Partnership

Near East and North Africa Soil Partnership

The Near East and North African (NENA) Soil Partnership was established in April 2012 to enhance collaboration between member countries in the region. The partnership aims to facilitate knowledge and data sharing, overcome the challenges of food security, increased carbon sequestration, land degradation, and encourage environment protection and sustainable soil management practices to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. In this framework, national needs and priorities are translated into regional actions through the NENA implementation plan, which is revised at the yearly NENA plenary meetings.

List of countries

Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and Palestine.

See the list of GSP national focal points, appointed by national governments to represent each country and coordinate the communication between the GSP Secretariat and national competent ministries and institutions.


Chair: Mr. Rachid Moussadek, Morocco

Vice Chair for North Africa: Mr. Abdelmjid Zouahri (chair of NENALAB), Morocco

Vice Chair for the Near East: Mr. Hamed Al Thuhli, Oman

Regional facilitator: Ms. Lucrezia Caon (GSP Secretariat)

Five Working Groups were established for the five GSP pillars of actions and are chaired as follows:

 Pillar 1 ChairMs. Rafla Attia (Tunisia)

  Pillar 2 ChairMs. Leila ben Dhiab ben Daya (Tunisia)

  Pillar 3 ChairMr. Bahram Taheri (Iran)

 Pillar 4 Chair: Mr. Rachid Moussadek (Morocco)

 Pillar 5 Chair Mr. Imad Ghanma (Palestine)

Recent events and trainings in the NENA region

Annual meetings


2020 Virtual

Sixth NENA Plenary meeting, 18 - 19 November 2020, virtual meeting

Details of the event | Agenda | Presentations | Report | Meeting recordingsGroup picture

2019 Cairo

Fifth NENA Plenary meeting, 1 - 2 April 2019, Cairo, Egypt

Details of the event | Agenda | Presentations | ReportPhotogallery

2018 Rome

Fourth NENA plenary meeting, 13 Jun 2018, Rome, Italy

Details of the event | Agenda | Report | Presentations | Photogallery

2015 Amman

Third NENA plenary meeting, 1 - 3 Jun 2015, Amman Jordan

Details of the event | AgendaAmman communiqué 2015Report | List of participants | Presentations | Photogallery

2014 Amman

Second NENA plenary meeting, 17 - 19 Jun 2014, Amman Jordan

Details of the event | Agenda | Amman recommendation | Report | Presentations | Photogallery

2012 Amman

Inception workshop for the NENA Soil Partnership, 1 - 5 April 2012, Amman Jordan

Details of the event | Agenda | Amman communiqué | Presentations | Inception workshop | Photogallery



2018 Tehran

Digital soil organic mapping training, 20 - 24 Jan 2018, Tehran, Iran

Details of the event | Agenda | Presentations | Photogallery

2016 Rabat

Digital soil mapping and soil carbon modelling training, 10 - 14 Oct 2016, Rabat, Morocco

Details of the event | Report

2015 Amman

Digital soil mapping training, 29 Nov - 7 Dec 2015, Amman, Jordan

Details of the event | Agenda | Report | List of participantsTraining material | Presentations | Photogallery



2018 Tunis

Workshop on the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Sustainable Soil Management in the Maghreb region, 13 - 15 Nov 2018, Tunis, Tunisia. See the agendaMore

2018 Tehran

Workshop on the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Sustainable Soil Management in the Islamic Republic of Iran. More