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Soil Care Network Newsletter
March 2023
by Nicola Wynn, Jamie Nix, Clement Boyer, Charlotte Chivers, Michiel van de Pavert, and Anna Krzywoszynska

Soils & Research & Reports

This paper addresses gender parity, equality, and equity using Integral theory for a 360° perspective of women in soil science focused on the U.S.

The new edition of the International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy is now out International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy 2020/2021 | SpringerLink. Contains many interesting articles on land tenure, land justice, the latest developments in relation to Land Degradation Neutrality targets and the work of the UNCCD, soil in the EU Green Deal, a presentation of the SoiLEX database, as well as impacts of Covid-19 pandemic on soil protection

What is going on in the EU on communication and citizen engagement around soil health? This new report gives an overview: Communication and citizen engagement initiatives

A new editorial in Soil Use and Management examines the importance of sustainable soil management for food security

The EU Soil Observatory has launched its EUSO Soil Health Dashboard. EU SOIL OBSERVATORY ( While the headline is that at least 61.5% of EU soils are not healthy, there is more to dig into here. EUSO did a great job in “showing their work”. In the EUSO dashboard sources you can look into how the threshold for each soil health indicator was established, and what the uncertainties are. A great tool and a great example of transparency in science-for-policy

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has published its first report on Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) in grasslands globally

A pan-European research team has launched the new BENCHMARKS project to define and harmonise soil health monitoring approaches across Europe for a range of land-uses

The US has launched a new programme to support farmers across Africa to bolster climate-resilient agriculture. Vision for Adapted Crops and Soil will focus on mapping soils to provide farmers with information on their soils and how to adapt practices to their soil type

Science Based Targets Network (SBTN) released the first draft of its science-based targets for land for public consultation (February 14 - March 7 2023). The guidance outlines the draft methodologies for land science-based targets including an ambitious commitment to achieve no-conversion of natural ecosystems

The 2023 Wageningen Soil Conference call for abstracts is open until April 17. This year conference’s topic include “Soils for Society ”

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