Revised World Soil Charter Survey
Under the aegis of the GSP and its scientific advisory body, the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils, the revision of the World Soil Charter (WSC), a policy instrument adopted by the FAO Conference as far back as November 1981 was carried out. Indeed, 30 years is a long period of time in a fast evolving world. Therefore, it was particularly opportune to update the vision and guiding principles as spelled out in the original WSC, especially with respect to new issues that emerged or were exacerbated during the last decades, like soil pollution and its consequences for the environment, climate change adaptation and mitigation and urban sprawl impacts on soil availability and functions. The reformulation process involved extensive consultations and culminated in the unanimous endorsement of the revised World Soil Charter by the FAO Conference at its 39th session in June 2015, the International Year of Soils.

The Charter contains a number of key principles and general guidelines for the benefit of major stakeholder groups so as to chart the required policy measures and action programmes to guarantee sustainable management of soils in all regions and countries. This survey aims to assess activities by and within GSP partners in support of the principles of the revised World Soil Charter.

The outcomes of the survey will be presented to the 6th GSP Plenary Assembly (June 2018) and will be used to assess the impact of GSP initiatives and plan future activities. The survey is composed of three sections and will not take more than 10 minutes to complete.

The revised World Soil Charter document is available at

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Were you familiar with the World Soil Charter (1981)? *
Are you familiar with the revised World Soil Charter (2015)? *
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Even if you are not familiar with the revised World Soil Charter, please answer the following questions addressing the actions undertaken to promote Sustainable Soil Management
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