Unlocking the Potential of Soil Organic Carbon: A Feasible Way Forward

https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-00758-4_18

Feb 2019

After the publication of the Status of the World’s Soil Resources (SWSR) in 2015, the Intergovernmental Technical Panel of Soils (ITPS) and the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) concluded that the increasing soil organic carbon (SOC) represents an important step and solution to cope with environmental problems such as food security, soil degradation, as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation. In the last 3 years, the GSP has been actively working to incorporate SOC into the global agenda. To this end, a series of activities have been developed to contribute to the know-how required to measure, monitor, manage, maintain, and/or increase SOC stocks in a changing world. This chapter underlines the importance of SOC in relation to climate change, human health, food security, and biodiversity.

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February 5, 2019