In conjunction with the Global Soil Forum (GSF), the JRC is co-organising the First Global Soil Week that will take place in Berlin from 18-22 November, 2012. The Global Soil Week was conceived as an international multi-stakeholder event on soils and their sustainable management, to contribute to the FAO Global Soil Partnership. The Global Soil Week will take place annually as the point of assembly on the globe's soil issues.
The First Global Soil Week, which takes place within the framework of the FAO’s Global Soil Partnership, will provide a platform to initiate follow-up actions on land and soil-related decisions made at the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference.
Stakeholders from science, government, business and civil society will come together to share their land and soil-related experience and expertise, and to develop future plans of action for sustainable land/soil management and governance. A series of dynamic, focused sessions will facilitate the interaction between the participants.
The IES will be involved in various activities, including the welcome session, the permanent open 'Marketplace of Ideas' exhibition, and the sessions on 'Ecosystem Services of Soils', 'Raising Soil Awareness', 'Global Soil Policy', Challenges for Intensifying International Soil Research Cooperation' and 'Global Land and Soil Degradation'.
The IES is also organising public screenings of a series of soil-related films in parallel with the event.