IUSS Bulletin 137 was published on the IUSS website in early January. Pages 5 – 13 of the bulletin include a detailed update on preparations for the 22nd World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS22) provided by BSSS President, Bruce Lascelles. There is also news from national and regional Soil Science Societies, followed by an account of World Soil Day 2020.
To mark the launch of the SoiLEX platform, the FAO Global Soil Partnership (GSP) organised a webinar on soil governance on 13 January 2021. The webinar included a high-level opening, presentations on how to improve soil governance, the presentation of the SoiLEX platform and a question and answer session with all panelists. The webinar brought together 824 participants from more than 160 countries and was a milestone in the promotion of soil governance around the world.
The SoiLEX is a global database on national legislation on soil that aims to facilitate access to existing legal instruments and to bridge the gap between soil stakeholders. The new online platform facilitates the search for national soil legal instruments, the understanding of legal areas relevant to soil management and protection as well as the exchange of experiences in soil governance between countries and regions.
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