Soil pollution may be invisible to the human eyes, but it compromises soil capacity to provide ecosystems services, including the production of safe, nutritious and sufficient food. Contaminants move through soil, air and water and enter into agri-food systems, affecting the environment and harming our health. Soil pollution is a global transboundary problem and requires coordinated and joint actions to be prevented and solved.
The Global Assessment of Soil Pollution report and its Summary for Policy makers will be launched on 4 June and are part of the World Environment Day celebrations and the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. This report and its summary, coordinated by the FAO’s GSP, the ITPS, and UNEP, are the product of an inclusive process involving scientists from all regions.