Online conference: Voluntary Guidelines for Soil Sustainable Management...

6 March, 2017

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM CET 

Conference Language: English

Language Q&A session: English


Soils are an essential and non-renewable natural resource hosting goods and services which are vital to ecosystems and human life. As a major storehouse for carbon, they also have a fundamental role in regulating climate. However one third of global soils are moderately or highly degraded. The objective of this conference is to present the Voluntary Guidelines for Soil Sustainable Management (VGSSM), adopted by the 4th Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly (Rome, 25 May 2016) and endorsed by the FAO Council. We will discuss the way to implement these Voluntary Guidelines in the context of EU cooperation and development activities and other EU policies.


Mr Bernard Crabbe

Team Leader, DEVCO C2 - Environment, ecosystems, biodiversity and wildlife


Mr Ronald Vargas

Secretary of the Global Soil Partnership, FAO

Dr Luca Montanarella

European Commission Joint Research Centre and Chair of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS)

Ms Josiane Masson

Policy Officer, DG ENV D1- Land Use and Management

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