A Global Soil Convention (CEL official session)
This Workshop will discuss the preparation of an international environmental law instrument for soil. It will further extend the principles introduced at WCC Barcelona in 2008 on the ecosystem-based approach for soil relating to the achievement of global food security and soil ecosystem management. Since the Barcelona WCC, food security as a global issue has become even more critical and recent global environmental law and soil science events have encouraged the urgent introduction of a global soil instrument as an essential component of the world strategy for food security.
The workshop will outline the case for an international instrument for the sustainable use of soil by introducing the basic elements for an international framework for soil, and the guidelines and approaches for national soil legislation. It will also include examples of recent national reforms for soil protection and desertification control legislation. The workshop will discuss an integrated approach to the development of the proposed soil convention. It will examine the international and national environmental law context of managing soil ecosystems to improve food security, address soil contamination and soil sealing and promote biological diversity conservation and soil carbon sequestration.
These challenges will be explained through the concepts behind and key features of the Draft Protocol for Security and Sustainable Use of Soil prepared by the IUCN CEL Soil Specialist Group over the past few years as a framework to support the UNCCD 10 Year Strategy and Framework (2008-2018). The workshop will also explore the incorporation of the concept of setting Zero Net Land Degradation targets, as proposed by the UNCCD Secretariat in 2011, both as the basis for a protocol to the UNCCD as well as an aspect of an international soil convention.