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International Year of Soils

International Year of Soils

CNHE Supports the UN International Year of Soils, December 5, 2014 to December 5, 2015.

Soil is a vital component of a healthy environment and health for all living organisms yet it is mistreated, abused, and forgotten. December 5, 2014 marked the first day of the International Year of the Soils. Join us to learn more about how our precious soils can be protected, nurtured, and rejuvenated and why this is important to nurses and all other Canadians

" It can take up to 1,000 years to form one centimetre of soil, and with 33 per cent of all global soil resources degraded and human pressures increasing, critical limits are being reached that make stewardship an urgent matter, Mr. Graziano da Silva said.

Calling soils a “nearly forgotten resource,” he urged investment in sustainable soil management, saying that would be cheaper than restoration and “is needed for the achievement of food security and nutrition, climate change adaptation and mitigation and overall sustainable development.”

The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS) (A/RES/68/232).

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has been nominated to implement the IYS 2015, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership and in collaboration with Governments and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

The International Year of Soils 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.

The specific objectives of the International Year of Soils 2015 are to:

Learn More and Get Involved!

  Learn how to get involved in the International Year of Soils.

  Read the “Healthy soils for a healthy life” endorsed plan of action by the United Nations Second GSP Plenary Assembly

  Visit the Global Soil Partnerships, pages for resources, research publications, videos, event notices and more.

  Explore the site, Soils of Canada by the Department of Soil Science University of Saskatchewan.