FAO: About the Status of World Soil Resources
November 24, 2015
Status of the World Soil Resources Report to be released on 4 December 2015
The purpose of the report is to carry out the first ever global assessment of soils and soil change
The Status of the World Soil Resources Report (SWSR) will be released on 4 December in FAO headquarters, Rome. The report will be officially launched at a high-level event in Rome which will also mark this year’s celebration of World Soil Day and the official closure of the 2015 International Year of Soils.
What is the report about?
The report is based on the assessment of more than 200 environmental scientists of the state-of-knowledge on soil resources and soil change. It reports on the major soil changes globally and in more detail on regional changes. The report provides documented scientific data on soil erosion, soil organic carbon change, soil biodiversity changes, soil acidification, soil compaction, soil sealing, soil salinization and sodification, soil contamination, soil nutrient changes and water logging.
What is the purpose of the report?
The purpose of the report is to carry out the first ever global assessment of soils and soil change based on an extensive review of published scientific literature.
What are its main findings?