Group shot of the Global Soil Week 2012 participants.Photo by Agentur StandArt.

Participants of the Global Soil Week 2012.Photo by Agentur StandArt.

The Global Soil Week is a multi-stakeholder platform and process for the transformative change towards a more sustainable soil management and a more responsible land governance in our world. It brings together respected experts, scientists and policy makers active on environmental and developmental issues, and representatives from local and regional organizations reporting from on the ground. Through the collaboration with a wide array of internationally prominent partner organizations, and an open call for contributions, the Global Soil Week encourages the active participation from a wide array of participants and perspectives. The unique format bridging different stakeholder communities translates into engaging sessions with an international perspective.

The Global Soil Week is a collective process and a knowledge platform for sustainable soil management and responsible land governance worldwide

The demands for the finite resource of soil are many and the stakes are high. 2015 offers many important opportunities to put soil and land on the international political agenda as a key to sustainable development. The Global Soil Week would like to make good use of these opportunities.

Soils are fundamental in the provisioning of water, energy and food security for the 9 billion citizens expected to inhabit the planet in the year 2050, and thus to maintain and enable thriving societies now and in the future.