The European Network on Soil Awareness (ENSA) held its third meeting at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, UK, from 19-20 September 2013. The conference participants were an international mix of practitioners and scientists working on soil awareness, as well as members of government and the cultural sector.

Soil awareness activities from around the world were presented and options for the way forward were discussed. These included the progress under Pillar 2 of the Global Soil Partnership on education and awareness and the Summer of Soil in Sweden.

Ivonne Lobos Alva from the Global Soil Forum presented the Global Soil Week (GSW) as a global instrument for raising soil awareness and its contribution to governance for sustainability of soil and land resources. For information on awareness-related activities at the last GSW please read the 2012 report here.

For more information on the programme of the ENSA conference, please visit