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What is the Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas?


The Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas is a collection of images, text, and figures presenting the importance of soil biology to policy makers, experts, and general readers alike.  Key highlights include:

  • Soil biodiversity supports many services essential to human beings including: plant growth, water and climate regulation, and disease control among others.

  • Soil biodiversity is increasingly under threats due to several pressures acting on soils.

  • Interventions to reduce the impact of threats to soil biodiversity are available and should be widely adopted.

  • Policies to protect and value soil biodiversity are still at an early stage and need to be further developed.


The Atlas is divided into 8 chapters covering all the aspects of soil biodiversity:

- Chapter I: The soil habitat

- Chapter II: Diversity of soil organisms

- Chapter III: Geographical and temporal distribution

- Chapter IV: Ecosystem functions and services 

- Chapter V: Threats

- Chapter VI: Interventions

- Chapter VII: Policy, education and outreach

- Chapter VIII: Conclusions

Soil biodiversity experts from all over the world have contributed to the project aimed at creating a reference publication not only for soil biodiversity researchers but also policy makers and the general public.

Editors click here

Contributors click here

Download Global Soil Biodiversity & Threats to Global Soil Biodiversity maps, click here