The FAO's Global Soil Partnership invites to a Webinar on Soil governance on 13 January 2021 from 15-16.30h. Alexandra Valkenburg, Permanent Representative of the European Union to FAO will provide opening remarks together with Eduardo Mansur, Director Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, FAO.
Healthy soils means healthy life in a healthy planet. That is why we have to take care all together to maintain healthy soils. Land and soils play a crucial role in the EU Green Deal. The EU has set the ambitious challenge of ensuring that, by 2030, 75% of EU soils are healthy for food, people, nature and climate. Furthermore, the European Commission committed to present a new EU Soil Strategy this year to protect soil fertility, to reduce soil erosion, to increase soil organic matter, to promote sustainable soil management practices and to restore degraded soils. This new strategy will provide the EU with an overarching framework for an integrated and coherent soil governance at EU level. The effects of soil degradation do not know borders. That’s why a global governance is relevant and important. It is striking that we have no international convention specifically on soil. But we do have the Global Soil Partnership led by FAO as an essential voluntary partnership with very large world coverage and very active globally to promote sustainable soil management. Today’s launch of the global database on national legislation on soil, SoiLEX, will surely facilitate access to existing legal instruments and bridge the gap between soil stakeholders. The European Green Deal and its future Soil Strategy together with the newly launched EU Soil Observatory can provide inspiration and good examples.
Today, the different aspects of “Soil Governance” will be discussed with Dr. Harald Ginzky, Lawyer of Umweltbundesamt, Germany, Dr. Irene Heuser, Chair, Specialist Group on Soil, Desertification and Sustainable Agriculture, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, Dr. Oliver C. Ruppel, Director and Professor of Law, Development and Rule of Law Programme (DROP), Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Ms Margret Vidar, Legal Officer, FAO and Mr Hugo Bourhis, International Consultant, FAO GSP.