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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

Highlights for Wednesday, 30 October 2013

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

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.

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
Roland Scholz, Fraunhofer Project Group
Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies
and Thematic Ambassador, Material Cycles
Pia Bucella, Director, Directorate B
Natural Capital, European Commission
and Thematic Ambassador,
International Soil Policy and Sustainable
Development Goals
Luca Montanarella, Chair,
Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils
and Thematic Ambassador, Sustainable Land
Management and Soil Engineering
Jes Weigelt, IASS
Lillian Bruce, National Coordinator,
Civil Society Coalition on Land, Ghana,
and Thematic Ambassador for
Responsible Governance
L-R: Jes Weigelt, IASS; Pieter Ploeg, Co-Founder, Summer of Soil, Sweden; and Roland Scholz,
Fraunhofer Project Group Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies
Rimjihm Pandey, SEVA Mandir, India
Prajam Pradhan, Potsdam Institute for
Climate Impact Research, Germany
Franz Makeschin, Dresden International
University, Germany
L-R: Jes Weigelt, IASS; Madiodio Niasse, Director, International Land Coalition; Anna Euler,
Executive Director, Amapá State Forestry Institute, Brazil; Joachim von Braun, Director,
Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany; Pieter Ploeg, Co- Founder,
Summer of Soil, Sweden; and Marita Wiggerthale, Trade and Food Expert, Oxfam,
Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, IASS
Karl Falkenberg, Director-General,
European Commission, Directorate-
General for the Environment
Minister Aroldo Cedraz, Vice-President,
Federal Court of Accounts, Brazil
Rapibhat Chandarasrivongs, Permanent
Representative of Thailand to the Rome-
based UN Agencies for Food and
Alexander Müller, IASS
L-R: Maria Betti, Director, Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) at the European
Commission Joint Research Centre, and Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, IASS, signing a cooperation
Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, IASS, receiving an art work signed by conference
GSW 2013 team photo
Andy Webster, Falmouth University, UK, mixing soil samples to
create a color hue
Soil samples showing different color hues
Funding for coverage of this event has been provided by IASS Potsdam
IASS Potsdam
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