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FAO- Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 09:00 to Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 17:00

The Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20), ‘Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity’ will be a science-policy meeting, held over three days, from 10-12 March, at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy. Jointly organized by the UN FAO and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), together with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) and the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI).

The main objective is to fill some critical knowledge gaps and promote discussion among policy makers, food producers, scientists, practitioners and other stakeholders on solutions to live in harmony with nature, and ultimately, achieve the SDGs through the conservation and sustainable use of soil biodiversity.

Specifically, the objectives of this symposium are to:

  1. Examine the current scientific, technical, indigenous and traditional knowledge on the role of soil biodiversity on food production, human health and on sustaining biodiversity aboveground;

  2. Identify knowledge gaps and explore opportunities for collaborative research, capacity building and technical cooperation;

  3. Identify limitations and opportunities to promote the sustainable use of soil biodiversity, knowledge sharing and capacity building;

  4. Present effective and replicable methodologies, techniques, technologies and practices that promote sustainability, with a view to upscale those sustainable approaches to promote soil biodiversity conservation, the sustainable use of its resources and equitable participation in productive landscapes; 

  5. Identify policy options to protect soil biodiversity and encourage the adoption of practices that enhance it;

  6. Present national, regional and global initiatives that support the effective design, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting solutions and their contribution to the achievement of the SDGs.

Expected output

The symposium outcome document “Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity” will highlight the importance of soil biodiversity not only for food production, but for enhancing the benefits to all and in various ways and at multiple scales, including biodiversity-based solutions for global challenges, human well-being, health and nutritional food and new medicinal discoveries, including the discovery of new antibiotics.

COST: £?

LOCATION: UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy

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