National Action Plan for Sustainable Soil Management in Turkey

Nov 2019

The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils of the Global Soil Partnership compiled a comprehensive report on the Status of the World’s Soil Resources in terms of the specific threats to soil’s continued contribution to ecosystem services. The ten soil threats considered were soil erosion, soil organic carbon loss, nutrient imbalance, soil acidification, soil contamination, waterlogging, soil compaction, soil sealing, salinization, and loss of soil biodiversity. The report concluded that the majority of the world’s soil resources are in only fair, poor or very poor condition and in need of sustainable soil management. The Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management were developed as a reference providing general technical and policy recommendations for a wide range of committed stakeholders to address the ten soil threats. As a voluntary partnership, the GSP encourages national partners to translate its global guidelines into concrete actions and practices at national level to support farmers and land users with sustainable soil management (SSM).

This national action plan was developed through a collaborative process managed by the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and technically supported by the FAO country office in Turkey. The process included a wide range of national stakeholders involved in soil planning, management and monitoring to develop a strategy to guide the future sustainable management of soil in Turkey.


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November 5, 2019