Global Soil Week

Global Soil Week 2013 "Losing Ground?"

The second Global Soil Week convened in Berlin, Germany, from 27-31 October 2013 was on the theme “Losing Ground?”. It brought together more than 450 scientists, policy makers and practitioners from 71 countries. We wish to thank all those who have contributed to make this event a success.

Once lost, it is gone forever: the soil beneath our feet. Each year, billions of tones are lost due to erosion, indiscriminant environmental exploitation and poor political decisions. Hunger and the intensification of conflicts over land rights are some of the devastating results of this loss. Yet, it is not too late to work against the further loss of our soil. For the second time, stakeholders representing political, scientific and civil society communities from all over the world met at the Global Soil Week to draw attention to the limited but often forgotten natural resource, soil, and highlighted the need to manage this resource in a sustainable manner.

More information about the Global Soil Week is available on our website

A comprehensive report by IISD is available for download here.

Please find our press review here.

The Photo Gallery is available here.

Webcasts of the plenaries can be accessed here.

The Global Soil Week was organized by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies with our partners, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, the European Commission, the Federal Environment Agency, the German Society for International Cooperation and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.




Group photo of the 1st Global Soil Week


First Global Soil Week 2012 - Soils for Life

The IASS Global Soil Forum held the First Global Soil Week in Berlin from November 18-22, 2012, as a follow up process to Rio+20. It was conceived as a platform to initiate follow-up actions on land and soil related discussions held in Rio.
The Global Soil Week is held annually as a global, multi-stakeholder event devoted to soils and sustainable land and soil management. It provides a forum of interactive exchange and dialogue where stakeholders from science, government, business and civil society convene to share their land and soil-related experience and expertise, and to develop future plans of action for sustainable land/soil management and governance.

The Global Soil Week takes place within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership. Partners of the Global Soil Week include the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the European Commission, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the German Federal Environmental Agency, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the United Nations Environment Program.