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World Soil Day Tuesday 5th December 2023



Background

World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources.


An international day to celebrate soil was recommended by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in 2002. Under the leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand and within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, FAO has supported the formal establishment of WSD as a global awareness raising platform. The FAO Conference unanimously endorsed World Soil Day in June 2013 and requested its official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the UN General Assembly responded by designating 5 December 2014 as the first official World Soil Day.

 

Did you know?

  • 95% of our food comes from soils.

  • One cubic meter of healthy soil can retain over 250 litres of water.

  • Improper soil and water management practices affect soil erosion, soil biodiversity, soil fertility, and water quality and quantity.

  • Healthy soil plays a crucial role as a natural filter, purifying and storing water as it infiltrates into the ground.

 

Soil and water, a source of life

Our planet’s survival depends on the precious link between soil and water. Over 95 percent of our food originates from these two fundamental resources. Soil water, vital for nutrient absorption by plants, binds our ecosystems together. This symbiotic relationship is the foundation of our agricultural systems.

However, in the face of climate change and human activity, our soils are being degraded, putting excessive pressure on our water resources. Erosion disrupts the natural balance, reducing water infiltration and availability for all forms of life.


Sustainable soil management practices, such as minimum tillage, crop rotation, organic matter addition, and cover cropping, improve soil health, reduce erosion and pollution, and enhance water infiltration and storage. These practices also preserve soil biodiversity, improve fertility, and contribute to carbon sequestration, playing a crucial role in the fight against climate change.


World Soil Day 2023 (WSD) and its campaign aim to raise awareness of the importance and relationship between soil and water in achieving sustainable and resilient agrifood systems. WSD is a unique global platform that not only celebrates soils but also empowers and engages citizens around the world to improve soil health.

 

Are you aware that at Logic we offer the CITB Site Environmental Awareness Training Course?


Our next course is:

Remote - Zoom

1st February 2024

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Should you require an in-house course or a date to suit you, please contact us on 0117 957 5154 or email us at training@logicshesolutions.co.uk










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