The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has released a selection of resources to mark World Soil Day (5 December).
World Soil Day 2017 activities aim to communicate messages on the importance of soil quality for food security, healthy ecosystems and human well-being. These include:
- key publications and flagship initiatives
- global events on 5 December 2017
- policy dialogue for global commitment to address sustainable soil management, healthy ecosystems, and human well-being challenges during key global events
- fun campaign materials for free download, use and dissemination
This year, World Soil Day had the theme of ‘Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground’.
Soil is a finite natural resource. However, despite the essential role that soil plays in human livelihoods, there is a worldwide increase in degradation of soil resources due to inappropriate management practices, population pressure driving unsustainable intensification and inadequate governance over this essential resource.
Among the resources made available are videos, posters and infographics explaining why soil is so important for the maintenance of the environment and even human life.