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Land Policy & Practice
Second Global Soil Week (GSW 2013) - “Losing Ground?”

27-31 October 2013 | Berlin, Germany
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Intro - 28 October - 29 October - 30 October

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Second Global Soil Week (GSW2) 2013 - “Losing Ground?”

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Discussions on the third day of Global Soil Week 2013 focused on pathways to societal change. In the morning, eight dialogue sessions took place, covering: how to reactivate soil functions in urban regions; transdisciplinary collaboration and strengthening science-policy-practice linkages; capacity building for reclamation and revaluation of degraded sites; developing effective soil communication; communicating the pivotal role of soil quality in sustainable agriculture and food security; a new instrument to address soil and land degradation under the UN Convention to Combat Desertification; mobilizing societal change to address land degradation and reduce poverty in the developing world; and partnerships for responsible land governance.

In the afternoon, following a panel discussion on outcomes from the dialogues sessions, a closing high-level plenary convened to consider the key messages of GSW 2013 and follow up actions. Participants were invited to continue to reflect on the dialogues fostered during the week and submit proposals for inclusion in the draft outcome document, Agenda for Action.

The plenary session concluded with a wrap-up performance by Theatersport Berlin, extracting messages from the discussions.

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Theatersport Berlin closed the session by performing an improvizational skit based on key words and suggestions from participants
Dialogue session on reactivating soil functions in urban regions, with Martin
, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, presenting a case study
from Shanghai-Nanjing, China
Dialogue session on transdisciplinary collaboration and strengthening the science-policy-
practice linkages
Steven Banwart, SoilTrEC, presented on global
soils research for adapting to environmental and
social change
Stefan Weiers, European Commission, talked
about community-based approaches to
environmental management
Dialogue session on gaining ground
L-R: Anna Euler, Executive Director, Amapá State Forestry Institute, Brazil; Teofilus Nghitila, Commissioner, Department of
Environmental Affairs, Namibia; Franz Makeschin, Scientific Director, Dresden International University, Germany; Christian
, GIZ; Minister Aroldo Cedraz, Vice-President, Federal Court of Accounts, Brazil; and Deborah Bossio, Director of
Soil Research, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture
Dialogue session on developing effective soil communication
Dialogue session on soil as a factor for sustainable agriculture and food security in a changing climate
Hailu Araya Tedla, Institute for Sustainable Development, Ethiopia
Dialogue session on a new instrument to address soil and land degradation under the UNCCD
Uriel Safriel, Israel
Nathalie Van Haren, Both Ends, the
Emmanuel Seck, ENDA Tiers Monde,
L-R: Harald Ginzky, German Federal Environment Agency; Sergio Zelaya, UNCCD; Patrick
, European Commission
Dialogue session on mobilizing societal change to address land degradation and reduce poverty in the
developing world
Dialogue session on partnerships for responsible governance
Walter Erdelen, Former Assistant
Director-General, UN Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) and Thematic Ambassador,
International Soil Policy and Sustainable
Development Goals
Deborah Bossio, Director of Soil Research,
International Centre for Tropical
Agriculture (CIAT) and Thematic
Ambassador, Material Cycles
Pablo Pacheco, Principal Scientist,
Centre for International Forestry
Research (CIFOR) and Thematic
Ambassador, Sustainable Land
Management and Soil Engineering
Camilla Toulmin, Director, International
Institute for Environment and Development
(IIED), moderated the session
Iris Krebber, Food Security and Land
Adviser, Department for International
Development (DFID), UK, Thematic
Ambassador, Responsible Land
L-R: Camilla Toulmin, IIED; Moujahed Achouri, FAO; and Pablo Pacheco,
Teofilus Nghitila, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Affairs, Namibia, making an intervention
L-R: Günther Bachmann, Secretary-General, Council for Sustainable Development, Germany; Jennifer Franco, Coordinator,
Agrarian Justice, Transnational Institute, US; Jae Yang, President, International Union of Soil Sciences; Ronald Vargas, Soils
and Land Management Officer, FAO; Luc Gnacadja, former Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD);
Yanira Ntupanyama
, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Climate Management, Malawi; Anneke Trux, Team Leader,
Human Capacity Building Academy for International Cooperation, GIZ; Helge Wendenburg, Director-General, Federal Ministry for
the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany; and Md. Sirajul Islam, Head, Agriculture and
Food Security Program, BRAC University, Bangladesh

Monday, 28 October 2013

The Second Global Soil Week (GSW 2013), opened on Monday, 28 October, with a creative interpretation of the conference theme of “Losing Ground?” by Theatersport Berlin. Two plenary sessions then took place, exploring what losing ground means in relation to the nexus of water, food and energy security, and other natural resources, and how land degradation affects people’s livelihoods in different parts of the world.

In the afternoon, four interactive dialogue sessions took place, organized around four thematic threads: material cycles; sustainable land management and soil engineering; international soil policy and sustainable development goals; and responsible land governance.

In the evening plenary session, “thematic ambassadors” for each of the four conference threads highlighted key issues from the dialogue sessions for inclusion in the final outcome document of the conference, Agenda for Action. This was followed by a closing plenary session on “Understanding soils in the nexus.”

Throughout the day, an informal “action forum” also took place, encouraging participants to creatively use all five senses to reflect on losing ground.

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Tarja Halonen, Co-Chair, UN Secretaray-
General's High-Level Panel on Global
Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director,
Institute for Advanced Sustainabilty
Studies (IASS)
Tanja Gönner, Chair of the
Management Board, Deutsche
Gesellschaft für Internationale
Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany
Janez Potočnik, Commissioner for the Environment, European Commission, made a video address
Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director,
Stockholm International Water Institute
Vandana Shiva, Board Member,
International Forum on Globalization
Jes Weigelt, IASS
L-R: Alexander Müller, Panel moderator, Senior Fellow, IASS, with Tewolde Gebre
, Director-General, Environmental Protection Agency, Ethiopia
Seed balls from the Save our Seeds (SOS) exhibition
L-R: Luise Körner, ARC2020 and Joscha Steybe, SOS, Germany
L-R: Egline Tawuya, Southern African Research and Documentation Centre,
Zimbabwe and Mihaela Secrieru, ENB
Soil artist Anneli Ketterer in conversation with a GSW 2013 participant
Camillo Breiling, Soil and Bioenergy Network (BIENE), Austria
Art installation that highlights the connection between our senses and the way eat
Andy Webster, Falmouth University, UK, mixing soil samples to
create a color hue
Soil samples showing different color hues
L-R: Yonas Yohannes Shikur, Ethiopia and Mteki Heri Chisute, Tanzania
Art work which used names of GSW 2013 participants
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