FAO's launch of the 2020 report on soil biodiversity

State of knowledge of soil biodiversity - Status, challenges and potentialities

2020.12.16 | Line Carlenius Berggreen

Abstract:

There is increasing attention to the importance of biodiversity for food security and nutrition, especially above-ground biodiversity such as plants and animals. However, less attention is being paid to the biodiversity beneath our feet, soil biodiversity, which drives many processes that produce food or purify soil and water.

This report is the result of an inclusive process involving more than 300 scientists from around the world under the auspices of the FAO’s Global Soil Partnership and its Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative, and the European Commission.

The report presents concisely the state of knowledge on soil biodiversity, the threats to it, and the solutions that soil biodiversity can provide to problems in different fields. It also represents a valuable contribution to raising awareness of the importance of soil biodiversity and highlighting its role in finding solutions to today's global threats.

For more information and download of report, click here.

For download of the summary for policy makers, click here.

Tags: soil; biodiversity; soil organisms; ecosystem services; ecosystem conservation; Sustainable Development Goals; reports; awareness raising