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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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Ndumiso Cyprian Magagula, University of Swaziland and Kora Rösler, FU Berlin/ TU Berlin

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.

During the last day of Global Soil Conference 2015, participants attended a series of Open Space Format Sessions to deepen discussion on issues that emerged during the previous days.

In the morning, delegates were invited to attend one of eight parallel sessions announced on: Giving living soil a voice: approaches and tools; Sustainable land use and human habitats: the role of cities and rural development in achieving global sustainable land use; Soil quality and agricultural sustainability indicators for the environmental performance index; Sprouting new ideas, rooted in old wisdom: intergenerational dialogue on sustainable land management; Brave farmers, green belts and wrong debates; 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; Legal means for the national implementation of sustainable development goals related to soil – with a focus on the objective of a “land degradation neutral world;” and Soil management – it’s about livelihoods.

In the afternoon, additional sessions were held in response to suggestions submitted by participants during the conference on the following issues: The practical rehydration of soils to stop desertification in cool climates; Overcoming and confronting challenges, frontiers, dilemmas; How to motivate people (civil society) to care about soil?; Where are spatial planning approaches in the current soil debate?; and Raising public awareness about contaminated soils- how to get people to care and take action.


Open Space Format Session: Giving living soil a voice: approaches and tools

David Espinosa Victoria, Colegio de Postgraduados, Mexico

Yasmin Nazmy, University College London

Arwyn Jones, European Commission

Juliet Braslow, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Fransjan de Waard, De Waard Edible Landscapes, the Netherlands

Open Space Format Session: Soil quality and agricultural sustainability indicators for the environmental performance index

Daphne Yin, Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy

Adamtey Noah, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture

Knut Ehlers, Federal Environment Agency (UBA)

Angel Hsu, Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy

Ephraim Nkonya, International Food Policy Research Institute

Rolf Sommer, CIAT


Open Space Format Session: Sprouting new ideas, rooted in old wisdom: intergenerational dialogue on sustainable land management

Room view during the plenary session

Lindsay Stringer, University of Leeds

Hannah Steenbergen, Common Soil and Sustainable Food Trust

Noel Oettlé, Drynet Programme

Steffen Schweizer, Germany

Siyabonga Myeza, South Africa Environmental Monitoring Group and Hanspeter Liniger, World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT)


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