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Second Plenary Meeting of the Eurasian Soil Partnership (EASP) - Workshop Report

15- 18 June 2015, Izmir, Turkey








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    This work is the result of the efforts of many international and regional soil experts unified by the FAO Global Soil Partnership (GSP). Scientists from Eurasian region met in Moscow Conference (November 20th, 2013) and, with the support of the FAO GSP Secretariat, analyzed the state of soil degradation and soil management in Eurasian region. On the first Plenary Meeting of the Eurasian Soil Partnership in Samarkand (10-11 September, 2014) they used the endorsed Plans of Actions (PoAs) of the FA O Five Pillars and formulated the Regional Implementation Plan of the Eurasian Soil Partnership (EASP) showing strong will to protect the soil resources in the region and globally. The report contains the Regional Implementation Plan (RIP) developed in close cooperation with the Eurasian Five Working Groups formed during the conference and the focal points of GSP from the Eurasian countries. It includes participatory regional implementation plan defining outcomes, activities, actors, period and potential donors, partners and implementation risks.
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    The Eurasian region is located in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Caucasus and includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The Eurasian region is diverse in terms of its climatic conditions, soils, flora, fauna, land use and human activities. Soil degradation is driven by complex variables, including climatic factors, economic factors, institutional and national policies. Soil degr adation and problem soils are a serious process that is affecting the soils in the region through various processes, in particular: salinization, erosion, soil organic matter, nutrient and biodiversity depletion, and soil compaction. The Eurasian Soil Partnership focal points and representatives of 13 countries from Eurasia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan), as well as rep resentatives of ICARDA, ICBA, CIMMYT, GIZ and the Kyrgyz Soil Science Community participated in the Eurasian Soil Partnership workshop, held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic from 29 February till 2 March 2016. The workshop was convened under the International Forum on Eurasian Food Security and Nutrition Network and Eurasian Soil Partnership jointly organized by ECFS, FAO, the World Bank and GFAR. The workshop was organized around plenary presentations (in particular on Major Activities of ECFS an d its international partners on food security and sustainable soil management (2013-2015)) and plenary discussions for ECFS collaborative research and educational programs, network activities and future directions. Further discussions held on parallel sessions for Barriers preventing Sustainable Soil Management (SSM) application and recommended SSM practices, Identification of appropriate sustainable soil management practices and systems at regional and national levels and Adoption of Final Docu ments. Under the moderation of Chair of Dr. Hukmatullo Ahmadov, the Challenges of GSP, the outcomes of the EASP activities in 2014-2015, the Introduction to the Implementation Plan for EASP and Assessments of the barriers and shortcomings preventing the adoption of SSM practices at the national level by Eurasian region countries was discussed and was adopted to be included in Bishkek COMMUNIQUÉ as the Summary of barriers to sustainable soil management in Eurasia and possible ways of overcomin g them. Under the moderation of Vice-Chair Dr Gulchekhra Khasankhanova, the working plan 2016-2017 was discussed at an open discussion and was adopted to be included in Bishkek COMMUNIQUÉ as the Workplan 2016-2017. Finally, under the moderation of GSP Executive Secretary Ronald Vargas, the work of the Eurasian Soil Partnership focal points and representatives of 13 countries from Eurasia was summarized via the Bishkek COMMUNIQUÉ (please see Annex 1) which was accompanied with a “Workplan 2016- 2017” (please see Annex 2) and “Summary of barriers to sustainable soil management in Eurasia and possible ways of overcoming 5 them” (please see Annex 3). The text of the Bishkek COMMUNIQUÉ adopted and signed by all Focal Points was presented on the Concluding Panel Discussion of International Forum on Eurasian Food Security and Nutrition Network and Eurasian Soil Partnership.
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    The 5th Plenary Meeting of the Eurasian Soil Partnership (EASP) took place on September 30 – October 1 2019 in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. The meeting was jointly organized by the Secretariat of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), Eurasian Center for Food Security of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Institute of Soil Science, Agrochemistry and Soil Protection named after Nicolae Dimo, the National Society of Soil Scientists of the Republic of Moldova on the basis of the Moldavian State University with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of the Republic of Moldova. The event was attended by representatives of Armenia, Belarus, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, totally 28 participants (see Annex 1 – List of Participants).

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