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Global Soil Partnership Newsletter

With World Soil Day 2017 approaching fast, the GSP Secretariat and partners are geared up to help create change by providing the soil community with tools and activities for an unforgettable celebration that will create a global buzz.




 Here’s a smart guide to get you to the heart of World Soil Day 2017 celebrations for 5 December under the theme “Caring for the planet starts from the ground”.  

On #WorldSoilDay, the world's attention will be focused on pressing issues affecting soils, including degradation and pollution. To this end, specific attention will be given to the role of soil organic carbon in mitigating the effects of climate change. Indeed, the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) will launch the Global Soil Organic Carbon Map (GSOCmap) - the first global soil organic carbon map ever produced through a participatory and country driven approach. The map will support countries to build their own national soil information systems and report on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a focus on SDG 15.3.1.

Help us to make World Soil Day a real global success! Please tell your friends and colleagues and help disseminate the new World Soil Day webpage:

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Happy World Soil Day!

Soil Painting Competition

We are calling on children, teens and university students around the world to create a painting that illustrates the 2017 World Soil Day theme using soil-derived colors.

Produce the painting with your friends, teachers or colleagues and share with us your time-lapse video (no longer than one minute). 

Amazing prizes are up for grabs! Submissions are due by December 11th.

More information here

Download the tutorial in English | Spanish 

Soil experiments for CHILDREN

The Soil LAB Activity Book is an educational tool for teachers, children and anyone who wishes to learn more about this year’s theme.

This series presents six simple science experiments to do at home or at school with children.

They provide a fun way to introduce children of all ages to basic scientific soil concepts and reveal many of the reasons why caring for our soils means caring for our future

 Available in: English | Spanish  

World Soil Day logo translation campaign  

You still have time to send us the translation of WSD in your own language. More than 40 languages and dialects are now available for your local use.

So, pick up a pen, translate World Soil Day in your language or dialect and send it to us !

We have just received new translations in Nepalese, Vietnamese, Georgian, Greek, Sesotho, Czech, Sinhala, Visayan, Japanese, Swedish, Thamil, Hindi, Slovack, all of which are online on the World Soil Day website.

WSD logos (GIF animated)

Black Soils photo contest: Updates

The jury is still selecting the best pictures to be posted on Facebook for the public voting phase.

Do not miss out the "Like to win" giveaway of the photo contest “When Soils Turn  Black”!

Discover more here.


The Award of the II Glinka Prize

The selection process for dynamic change-makers dedicated to solving one of our world’s most pressing environmental issues – soil degradation – is ongoing. 

The Glinka World Soil Prize honors individuals and organizations whose leadership and activities have contributed, or are still contributing to the promotion of sustainable soil management and the protection of soil resources.

The II Glinka World Soil Prize will be awarded on World Soil Day 2017

Discover more here.

Main GSP Outcome

The Global Soil Organic Carbon Map will tell us how much soil organic carbon is stored beneath our feet and will be launched on World Soil Day 2017.

It represents a key GSP achievement.

Increased soil organic carbon mitigates climate change and helps feed the planet! 


Are you running conferences? Baking soil cakes? Sending us translations of our communication material? There are so many ways you can support our World Soil Day 2017 campaign: from hosting a marathon or organizing a soil sampling campaign to organizing community flash mobs.

Take a look at our Worldwide Activities Map, register your event or check the events being planned around the world or in your region.

Be inspired by the huge global support for World Soil Day 2017!

To see your event plotted on our map, along with a few key details, complete the short form here.


Download World Soil Day Resources

COMMUNICATION TOOLKIT: To support your World Soil Day 2017 events and activities, we have produced several digital and print resources. Use our graphics to spread knowledge, raise awareness and increase public attention.

DOWNLOAD NOW: Megabanner | Web banner and button | Poster: Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground

PRINT YOUR T-SHIRT: T-shirt | T-shirt with key messages

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Threats to soil functions | Videos | Where Food begins poster | Infographics

Communicate on Social Media

Talk about World Soil Day on socials. 

Use our hashtags: #WorldSoilDay ;  #Soils


The big day... and afterwards

Keep track of your success: after the day, please send us your pictures and details of your events and activities to feature on our website. Make sure you scan local newspapers and websites to collect clippings and articles about your event.

Get involved and connect with us


The Global Soil Partnership team wishes you all the best for a great and unforgettable World Soil Day 2017