International Year of Soils 2015

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 The year 2015 has been elected as the Year of Soils by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation). The official title of this year-long event is: 'International Year of Soils 2015: Healthy soils for a healthy life'.

Our soils are in danger because of expanding cities, deforestation, unsustainable land use and management practices, pollution, overgrazing and climate change. The current rate of soil degradation threatens the capacity to meet the needs of future generations.  As long as soils are at risk, sustainable agriculture, food security and the provision of ecosystem services are compromised.

As RECARE is a project that is dedicated to soils and especially to developing effective prevention, remediation and restoration measures against soil threats, 2015 is also important for the RECARE project. This page is especially dedicated to various activities organised around the Year of Soils.




Official FAO website of 2015 Year of Soils. Background information and various other links.


Soil Science Society of America's International Year of Soil dedicated activities webpage


Nederland van Onderen - dedicated webpage from Dutch radio program 'Vroege Vogels' about the International Year of Soils. Contains 3 interviews with scientists about the importance of Soils in our daily life.




SmartSOIL project final conference on 30th September 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.  Some of the RECARE partners will be attending


'L'agricultura Actual' (Today's Agriculture)A stakeholder event taking place on June 20th and 21st 2015 in the RECARE case study in Valencia, Spain


SNOWMAN Network Knowledge Dissemination Meeting, a transnational group of research funding organizations and administrations in the field of Soil and Groundwater in Europe.  Presentation of the RECARE project at meeting in Paris 25th-27th March 2015


Global Soils Week. An international gathering of a wide range of stakeholders to discuss sustainable soil management and responsible land governmance worldwide.  RECARE will be contributing to a dialogue session on "Soil and land information: How to support decision making?" 19th to 23rd April 2015 in Berlin


European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2015, 12th to 17th April in Vienna. RECARE will be convening a session on "Soil Threats and Ecosystem Services".






Global Soil Partnership has produced this animated video which outlines the importance and benefits of soils and the hazards currently facing them.  Available in French and Spanish


USDA NRCS has produced a video celebrating soils for the International Year of Soils.


Better Talk Soil was premiered at Global Soil Week 2015 and promotes different actions to inspire our thinking about the city of tomorrow, measures for sustainable agriculture and secure the access to food for everyone.