The GSP has accomplished quite a lot in the first year since their inception, from events and meetings to the actual creation of partnerships.
First Plenary Assembly:
The first plenary assembly was held from June 11-12, 2013 at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy. There were two major acheivements in this meeting: 1) the adoption of complementary Rules of Procedure, and 2) the establishment of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS).
Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils:
The first session of the ITPS was held from July 22-26, 2013, also at the FAO headwuarters in Rome, Italy. In this session, they reviewed the plan of action for the Pillar 1 and endorsed a drafted plan of action for Pillar 4, drafted a brief on soils and the Sustainable Development Goals, developed a "Report on Status of World Soil Resources", and updated the World Soil Chapter.
Endorsement of Soils:
The FAO has endorsed a World Soil Day (December 5th) as well as an International Year of Soils (2015). These will help to raise awareness regarding the importance of soil biodiversity.
- There was a workshop for establishing a regional soil partnership in Central America and the Caribbean that was held in Habana, Cuba from September 30 to October 3, 2013.
- There was also a meeting titled "Towards the European Soil Partnership" yesterday (October 31st) as part of Global Soil Week.
- There is also an effort to create partnerships in Central Asia, with a workshop for that taking place on November 20th.
Throughout all of this, the GSP has used their Five Pillars of Action, which are as follows:
- Promote sustainable management of soil resources for soil protection, conservation and sustainable productivity
- Encourage investment, technical cooperation, policy, education awareness and extension in soil
- Promote targeted soil research and development focusing on identified gaps and priorities and synergies with related productive, environmental and social development actions
- Enhance the quantity and quality of soil data and information: data collection (generation), analysis, validation, reporting, monitoring and integration with other disciplines
- Harmonization of methods, measurements and indicators for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources
For a more detailed account of all of this information, view the GSP newsletter.