Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity

The overall aim of the Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI21) is to review the role of soil biodiversity and ecosystem services in tackling environmental problems, and to drive actions towards the implementation of the World Soil Charter along with the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management.

2021.04.12 | Line Carlenius Berggreen

Date Mon 19 Apr Thu 22 Apr
Time 13:00    16:00
Location Online


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), together with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and the Science-Policy Interface of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (SPI- UNCCD) are pleased to invite you to the Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI) "Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity".

The event will be a fully virtual science-policy meeting held on 19-22 April 2021. 


The main objective will be to fill some critical knowledge gaps and promote discussion among policy makers, food producers, scientists, practitioners and other stakeholders on solutions to live in harmony with nature, and ultimately, achieve the SDGs through the conservation and sustainable use of soil biodiversity.

  1. Examine the current scientific, technical, indigenous and traditional knowledge on the role of soil biodiversity on food production, human health and on sustaining biodiversity aboveground;
  2. Identify knowledge gaps and explore opportunities for collaborative research, capacity building and technical cooperation;
  3. Identify limitations and opportunities to promote the sustainable use of soil biodiversity, knowledge sharing and capacity building;
  4. Present effective and replicable methodologies, techniques, technologies and practices that promote sustainability, with a view to upscale those sustainable approaches to promote soil biodiversity conservation, the sustainable use of its resources and equitable participation in productive landscapes; 
  5. Identify policy options to protect soil biodiversity and encourage the adoption of practices that enhance it;
  6. Present national, regional and global initiatives that support the effective design, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting solutions and their contribution to the achievement of the SDGs.

Check out the dedicated website and get involved on social media using the hashtag #SoilBiodiversity!    



During the Symposium hundred and twenty oral presentations will be given and above fifty scientific posters displayed under three main themes:
THEME 1: State of knowledge on soil biodiversity;
THEME 2:  Soil biodiversity in action;
THEME 3:  Soil biodiversity shaping the future of food systems. 

Link to agenda


Tags: Soilbiodiversity