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The International Network on Soil biodiversity

Mainstreaming soil biodiversity to halt biodiversity loss and ensure healthy soils for sustainable development









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    Report of the launch of the International Network on Soil Biodiversity (NETSOB) 2022
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    The launch of the International Network on Soil Biodiversity (NETSOB) took place on 3 December 2021 in the framework of the World Soil Day official celebration. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was organized virtually. NETSOB operates within the framework of the FAO Global Soil Partnership. The objectives of the meeting, attended by 800 experts from around the world, were to launch the network and define its working groups and governance, as well as analyze the roadmap and key activities, further strengthening and improving the knowledge on soil biodiversity at all levels.
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    Proceedings of the Second Meeting of the International Network of Salt-Affected Soils (INSAS)
    Managing salt-affected soils for a sustainable future
    2023
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    The proceedings of the second meeting of the International Network of Salt-Affected Soils (INSAS) contain the abstracts of the papers presented during the workshop in Tashkent (22–26 May, 2023). The papers provide the up-to-date scientific knowledge and practical solutions for four topics: (1) mapping, assessing and monitoring of salt-affected soils; (2) sustainable management of salt-affected soils: practices and policy; (3) halophyte and saline agriculture and its effect on soil health; (4) integrated soil and water management under saline/sodic conditions. Under the first topic, modern techniques (geophysics, remote sensing, NIR spectroscopy) for mapping and monitroing of salt-affected soils as wel as mapping of environmental susceptibility to soil salinization in dry regions were presented. Under the second topic, different approaches to reclaim saline and sodic soils and improve seed germination including the use of different organic and inorganic amendments, organic biostimulants, biochar and phytoremediation were discussed. Moreover, biodiversity of salt-affected soils and its change along salinity gradient as well as the impact of soil enzymes on the structure and function of soil microbial communities and how soil degradation is associated with specific soil microbiota were reported. Policy gaps on addressing soil salinity were analyzed and further steps how to integrate agenda on SAS into existing agricultural policies were proposed. The results of Participatory Rural Appraisal approach to survey among farmers were provided. Under the third topic, the results on testing different conventional and non-conventional crops in field trials on salt-affected soils irrigated by fresh and saline water were reported. The influence of soil properties on growing halophytes was considered. Under the fourth topic, the ways to optimize the use of poor-quality irrigation water in agriculture were discussed. Some studies reported about the results of modeling of salt and water transport in soils for estimation of leaching requirement or root zone soil salinity. Several studies reported about the negative aspects of using brackish water leading to secondary soil salinization and sodification. For salt-affected areas with groundwater use for irrigation, the approach combining the Food Systems Approach and integrated water resources management was proposed to address the interdependent challenges of food and water security.
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    Report of the Workshop “Establishment of the International Network of Soil Information Institutions (INSII)” 2016
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    The first workshop of the International Network of Soil Information Institutions (INSII) was held at the headquarter of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, Italy from 8 to 10th of December, 2015.

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