International Year of Soils 2015 – IYS 2015

After two years of intensive work, 2015 has been declared the International Year of Soils by the 68th UN General Assembly (A/RES/68/232).  The IYS aims to be a platform for raising awareness of the importance of soils for food security and essential eco-system functions.

The objectives of the IYS are:

  • to create full awareness of civil society and decision makers about the fundamental roles of soils for human’s life;
  • to achieve full recognition of the prominent contributions of soils to food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, essential ecosystem services, poverty alleviation and sustainable development;
  • to promote effective policies and actions for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources;
  • to sensitize decision-makers about the need for robust investment in sustainable soil management activities aiming at healthy soils for different land users and population groups;
  • to catalyze initiatives in connection with the SDG process and Post-2015 agenda;
  • to advocate rapid enhancement of capacities and systems for soil information collection and monitoring at all levels (global, regional and national).

Read more here: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/iys-2015/en/