Dr Serena Caucci, UNU-FLORES
Soil pollution occurs in many countries within many farmlands among other land uses. While air or water pollution is visible and assessed by science-based evidences, soil pollution is invisible and often overlooked in both resources and sustainable management strategies. To manage the trade-off between the exponentially increasing demand for food and the progressive global water scarcity, many countries must optimise their land-use management at the minimum cost for both humans and natural ecosystems. By using wastewater reuse as a case study in Latin America, China, and MENA region as well Europe, the main objective of our work is three-folded:
Soil pollution is one of the ten major soil threats identified in the 2015 Status of the World’s Soil Resources report (FAO and ITPS, 2015a) and subsequently addressed in the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM) of the FAO (FAO, 2016). The Global Symposium on Soil Pollution (GSOP18) is the first step in implementing the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management in terms of preventing and reducing harmful substances in soils as a way to maintain healthy soils and food safety in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, the symposium’s outcomes should provide scientific evidence to support actions and decisions to prevent and reduce soil pollution for increased food safety, food security and nutrition, ecosystem services, and promote the restoration of polluted sites.
The specific objectives of the symposium are to:
Please find the agenda here (PDF).
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