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The winner of the Glinka World Soil Prize - edition 2021 is...

Ms Lydie-Stella Koutika from The Republic of the Congo

Well known soil scientist from Pointe-Noire, Congo Basin with over 30 years of experience in research on agroecosystems. 

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Glinka World Soil Prize: Call for nomination is CLOSED!

If you think you are an eligible candidate, propose your nomination to your GSP country focal point or to the closest GSP partner (full list available here). Submit the nomination form by 10 September 2021 to [email protected] (extended to 17.09.2021).

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About the prize

About the prize

The award comes in the form of a USD 15 000 check and a Glinka gold-plated medal. It contributes in a timely manner to raise awareness amongst policy makers and the general public about possible solutions to tackle acute national and local problems of soil degradation, and to encourage all stakeholders and soil practitioners to engage in field-oriented work, with direct contributions to the preservation of the environment, food security and poverty alleviation as specified in the Revised World Soil Charter.

The Glinka World Soil Prize aims to keep up the momentum generated by the International Year of Soils 2015.

Who can submit nominations?

Who can submit nominations?

All GSP Partners are invited to nominate candidates, either directly or on behalf of a third party. Self-nominations are not allowed and will be disqualified. Nominations can be submitted in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic or Chinese.

If you think you are an eligible candidate propose your nomination to the GSP country focal point or to the closest GSP partner (full list available here)

Once completed, the nomination form should be submitted to:

GSP Secretariat                                                                                                                                                          Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, B708bis
00153 Roma, Italy
Email: [email protected]

Who can be nominated?

Who can be nominated?

Nominees should have made outstanding achievements in implementing the principles and recommended actions of the revised World Soil Charter adopted by the FAO Conference in June 2015, and the achievement should contribute to one of the five pillars of the GSP (a proven impact at field level will be an added value).

What is the deadline for submitting a nomination?

What is the deadline for submitting a nomination?

Completed nominations can be submitted by post or email and must be received by 10 September 2021 cob Rome time.

How does the nomination process lead to a Laureate?

How does the nomination process lead to a Laureate?

The GSP Secretariat will pre-screen the applications based on the selection criteria. A short-list of the most qualified nominees will then be submitted to the Glinka World Soil Prize Selection Committee for review and subsequent designation of the Laureate.

The Glinka World Soil Prize Selection Committee is composed of ten members: the Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils; the Chairperson of the Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly; and the Chairs of the eight Regional and Sub-regional Soil Partnerships. A representative of the GSP Secretariat will act as the secretary of the Committee in non-voting capacity.

The award of the World Soil Prize will take place during the annual World Soil Day celebration (5 December) and consist of a USD 15 000 award and Glinka Medal. The Laureate will deliver the Glinka Lecture during the award ceremony and a video-message will be displayed during the opening of the corresponding Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly.

Who is Konstantin Dmitrievich Glinka?

Who is Konstantin Dmitrievich Glinka?

Konstantin Glinka (1867-1927) was a prominent Russian soil scientist who is credited for his unique contribution to understanding the principles of the geographical distribution of soils and extensive activities on the exploration, mapping and assessment of vast areas of Siberia, the Far East and Central Asia, as well as his important studies in the areas of soil mineralogy, chemistry and paleopedology.

Edition 2016

Edition 2016

December 5, 2016 - The first ever Glinka World Soil Prize was awarded on the occasion of World Soil Day 2016 to the Instituto Geografico Augustin Codazzi (IGAC) from Colombia. The Institute has a long-standing tradition in promoting sustainable soil management and of developing /building capacities of Latin American scientists and field practitioners.

More information on the Glinka World Soil Prize 2016

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Edition 2017

Edition 2017

December 5, 2017 - The second Glinka World Soil Prize was awarded on the occasion of World Soil Day 2017 to the Argentine No Till Farmers Association (Aapresid) from Argentine. They conduct research on soil biodiversity indicators at the farm level and provide certification protocols to ensure sustainable agricultural practices are adopted through partnerships around the globe.

More information on the Glinka World Soil Prize 2017.

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Edition 2018

Edition 2018

December 5, 2018 - The third Glinka World Soil Prize was awarded on the occasion of World Soil Day 2018 to Professor Rattan Lal for his outstanding work on sustainable soil management and his career spanning over 50-years and across six continents.

More information on the Glinka World Soil Prize 2018

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Edition 2019

Edition 2019

Dr. Xu Minggang - China won the fourth edition of the prize 

Dr. Xu Minggang is the winner of the Glinka World Soil Prize 2019. The results of his research on soil organic matter have been extended to a total of 39.8 million hectares of soils, generating an annual income of 4.7 billion US$ for rural communities over the last 15 years. In China, his achievements are illustrated by 260 scientific articles and had a positive impact on food security for over 1.4 billion people.

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Edition 2020

Edition 2020

Luca Montanarella - European Commission won the fifth edition of the Glinka World Soil Prize

Mr Luca Montanarella has had a long and distinguished career in the field of soil science. For nearly 30 years, he focuses on the crucial role of soils for food security, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and human well-being. He is recognized as an active promoter of soil awareness in Europe and worldwide. During his career, he has contributed to increasing the visibility of soils within the policy-making community and the public. Mr Montanarella has worked at the interface between science and policy, supporting the transfer of scientific knowledge on soils into policy developments with different stakeholders. 

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