Global Soil Week 2015

The Global Soil Week 2015, 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, will take place from 19th to 23rd April 2015. This year’s Global Soil Week will highlight the importance of land and soil to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in this, the UN designated International Year of Soils.

On Thursday 23rd April Rainer Baritz, Chair of the EuroGeoSurveys Soil Resources and Superficial Deposit Task Force, will participate in the Open-Space Session “Discussion on European soil data base update in light of the revision of the Soil Atlas of Europe: examples from Finland and Central European countries” with the presentation “Parent material data for soil mapping and soil engineering in Europe”.

The session is hosted by the European Commission Directorate General Joint Research Centre (DG JRC). The discussions aim to update information in the European Soil Database of mainly Central European countries. A specific example of the Finnish field-work approach to up updating information on agricultural soils will be presented as well. This update will contribute to the second edition of the Soil Atlas of Europe. This session is also open to institutions or researchers from other parts of Europe that are planning on updating their data in the European database. The work on the second Soil Atlas of Europe has started and this session will contribute towards updating maps for the new Atlas.

The EGS contribution is part of the cooperation agreement with the DG JRC and the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) – supporting soil scientists with geoscientific knowledge and data and enhancing available information on soil for policy makers, researchers and society at large.

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