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Third Global Soil Week (GSW) 2015 - “Soil. The Substance of Transformation”

19-23 April 2015 | Berlin, Germany


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Jes Weigelt, Global Soil Forum Coordinator, IASS with Johan Kuylenstierna,
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has produced a summary report of the “Global Soil Week 2015: Soil. The Substance of Transformation.” in HTML and PDF format.

Participants to Global Soil Week 2015 attended dialogue sessions in the morning to discuss: grounding global soil and land initiatives; challenges of doing transdisciplinary research; supporting soil decision making through soil and land information; land rehabilitation for food security; integrating arguments from the economics of land degradation into decision making processes; societal commitment towards healthy soils; cross-national strategies for soil protection and land use; the role of grass and grazing livestock in building resilience to climate change; and celebrating the International Year of Soils.

In the afternoon, participants convened in a plenary session to review the outcomes of the dialogue sessions and discuss an integrated perspective on the post-2015 agenda, including challenges of balancing competing demands placed on scarce soil resources.

In her keynote speech, Sara Scherr, President and CEO, EcoAgriculture Partners, introduced the landscape approach as a way to operationalize integrated management approaches. She stressed the need for a shift towards an approach that achieves multi-stakeholder, multi-objective integrated landscape management. Klaus Deininger, Lead Economist, Development Economics Group, World Bank, provided insights on linking land tenure and land use. He emphasized that interventions often involve risks, underscoring that proper land planning needs an inclusive process and multi-stakeholder approach, as mistakes may be fatal.

A panel of experts reflected on other aspects of managing soils as a non-renewable resource, including integrated land management, the role of human rights as overarching framework, the need to move beyond silos in research and practice, as well as the link between soil management and food security.


Room view during the plenary session

Martial Bernoux,
Science-Policy Interface (SPI) 

Mamadou Abdou Sani, Program Promotion de l'Agriculture Productive, GIZ, Niger

Sara Scherr, CEO, EcoAgriculture Partners

Philip Seufert, FoodFirst Information and Action Network (FIAN)

Moujahed Achouri, FAO

Austin Tibu, Ministry of Agriculture, Water Development and Irrigation, Malawi

L-R: Philip Seufert, FIAN; Moujahed Achouri, FAO; Jes Weigelt, Global Soil Forum Coordinator, IASS;
Austin Tibu
, Ministry of Agriculture, Water Development and Irrigation, Malawi; and Rainer Horn, International Union of Soil Sciences


Maryam Rahmanian,
Centre for Sustainable Development

Klaus Deininger, World Bank

Hans Herren, Biovision Foundation
and Millennium Institute

Maximilian Pock,
Ministry of Environment, Austria

Paul Nathanail,
University of Nottingham, UK

Rainer Horn,
International Union of Soil Sciences


Dialogue Session: Grounding global soil and land initiatives: working on trickling down

L-R: Wei-Li Zhan, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China; Junnius Marques Arifa, Federal Court of Accounts, Brazil;
Michael Brander, Biovision Foundation, Switzerland; Ivonne Lobos Alva, IASS, Germany; and Olegario Muñiz, Cuban Ministry of Agriculture

Michael Brander, Biovision Foundation, Switzerland

Wei-Li Zhan, CAAS, China

Junnius Marques Arifa, Federal Court of Accounts, Brazil

Milkha Aulakh, MSKJ University, India


Dialogue Session: Land rehabilitation for food security

Costa Rica and Uganda Working Group

Niger and Tunisia Working Group

Ethiopia and Sahel Working Group

Madagascar Working Group

Dialogue Session: Economics of land degradation - how to integrate
economic arguments into decision-making processes?

Tobias Gerhartsreiter, The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD)

Moderator Anneke Trux, UNCCD

Mark Schauer, ELD


Dialogue Session: European initiative on land as a resource - cross-national
strategies for soil protection and land use

Sigbert Huber,
Environment Agency Austria (ΕΑΑ)

 

Geertrui Louwagie, European Environment Agency (ΕΕΑ), Denmark

Thomas Strassburger, European Commission


Exhibition: Contents of the Earth

Earthen materials from different parts of the world, collected by Verena Reinmann

Earthen materials from different parts of the world, collected by Verena Reinmann

Broken (2010-2013). Earthen materials from different parts of the world, collected by Verena Reinmann

Broken (2010-2013). Earthen materials from different parts of the world, collected by Verena Reinmann

Funding for coverage of GSW 2015 has been provided by IASS Potsdam, GIZ, and BMZ
IASS Potsdam BMZ GIZ
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