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Soil and Land Initiatives Seek to Spur Action Across SDGs

Recent research and initiatives undertaken by UN agencies, governments and NGOs highlight the links between soil health and the achievement of development goals and priorities related to climate change, agriculture, gender, biodiversity and poverty. Among them, the Land Portal Foundation, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) launched a weekly blog series promoting land monitoring and information sharing for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), regional and country-level activities are underway to boost soil monitoring capacities and data sharing for sustainable soil management.

 

Highlights: 

-The Land Portal Foundation, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) launched a weekly blog series promoting land monitoring and information sharing for the SDGs.

-Seven Latin American countries launched a project to measure the organic carbon contained in their soils as part of a regional climate change adaptation and mitigation strategy.

-Researchers at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), a CGIAR research center, concluded that micronutrients could boost crop yields in Africa by more than 25%.

-Australia presented the first “report card” on actions to implement the Revised World Soil Charter.

 

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