Please download the Rapporteurs’ Report for this session here.

Global soil- and land-related initiatives and agreements are crucial to catalysing actions for the sustainable management and governance of these resources. Examples of such initiatives include the current process to set universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), where soils and land will play a cross-cutting role in the achievement of food and energy security or the setting up of a Global Soil Partnership to ensure a unified voice for soils. However, the ultimate success of these initiatives will depend on their effective trickling down to regional and national levels. Furthermore, the implementation of these initiatives at the different levels will require the engagement of multiple-stakeholders so that biophysical and socio-economic aspects can be monitored and accountability increased.

At the session, we will discuss successful examples of trickling down by looking at the recently established regional soil partnerships, the implementation of sustainable land management technologies in China, national multi stakeholder policy assessments and a soil governance audit in Brazil. Finally, this session will be the space where the IASS and its partners will present a proposal to establish national soil monitoring and accountability initiatives for the implementation of the SDGs. The aim will be to discuss what has – and has not – worked well in the regionalisation of global initiatives, to assess their applicability in other countries and to learn lessons for the implementation of the SDGs.

You may also be interested in the following Lunch Break Forum (LBF) contributions:
–> LBF-01: The LIFE Programme, over 20 years of fostering soil protection in the EU Commission
–> LBF-25: Soil data: Modelling and good datasets in landscape planning

Download the session description here.



Moderation: Oscar Schmidt, IASS – Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (Germany)

Contact: Ivonne Lobos Alva