Assessment of the global status and regional trends of soil pollution
We need your inputs! The Global Soil Partnership, with the support of its Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils and the Regional Soil Partnerships, and in collaboration with UN Environment and World Health Organization (WHO), proposes to conduct a detailed study of soil pollution worldwide by collecting basic information such as policies to prevent, control and remedy soil pollution; the number and extent of polluted sites; and, the identification and location of potentially polluting activities. This approach will help to better understand the problem of soil pollution on a global scale and identify the main knowledge and legal gaps.
Soil pollution has been internationally recognized as a major threat to soil health and soil’s ability to provide ecosystem services (FAO and ITPS, 2015), including the production of safe and sufficient food and clean water. Soil pollution is a chemical degradation process that is consuming fertile soils resulting in impacts on global food security and the achievement of many Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (Zero Hunger, end of poverty, ensure healthy lives and well-being, halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss and make cities safe and resilient).
Human activities over thousands of years have left a legacy of polluted soils worldwide. Developed regions have been tackling and monitoring soil pollution over several decades while developing regions are only beginning to understand and take action now, but still many uncertainties remain.
At the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA3) of UN Environment, Nairobi, Dec. 2017, 170 countries agreed on the urgency of addressing soil pollution. The Ministerial resolution “Managing Soil Pollution to Achieve Sustainable Development” was adopted to tackle the problem at a global level. The purpose of this survey is to gather data and information which will help build a global picture of soil pollution and identify gaps and areas of intervention, will trigger national, regional and global actions.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR RESPONDING
- We estimate that it will take about 20 minutes of your time to respond to questions, which are divided into 12 sections; the survey is customized depending on your stakeholder group, so you can have fewer sections depending on your role.
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- There are several mandatory questions, you need to respond to them to be able to continue with the questionnaire.
- If you do not know the answer or are unsure, use the "Don't know/No answer" (DN/NA) answer to avoid false positives or negatives.
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THANK YOU FOR TIME AND YOUR SUPPORT!
The Global Soil Partnership Secretariat.
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0.5 Do you agree to respond to this questionnaire in as much detail as possible?
No, but I will provide one/several case studies
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