Global Soil Security 2016


Plus d’interfaces Science-Société pour une sécurité globale des sols / More Science-Society Interfaces for a Global Soil Security

Before the 2nd Global Soil Security conference


In May 2015, the First Global Soil Security Symposium brought intention on the role of soils security for health and highlighted the wealth of soils. The Symposium was jointly organized by Texas A&M University, the University of Sydney, the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, the Soil Science Society of America and represents the International Union of Soil Science’s contribution to the International Year of Soils. The meeting was followed by the publication of the “Global Soil Security” book.

The 2nd Global Soil Security conference

The 2nd Global Soil Security Conference – co-organized by the Afes, the Ineris and the Irna – aims to demonstrate that soil, this highly pressurized and crucial resource, is indispensable partner to meet sustainable development goals. The demonstration will be done by linking businesses, practitioners, policymakers and researchers on soil security dimensions through good working practices, business solutions, scientific outcomes and international initiatives that enhance protection and sustainable management of soils. The participants were invited to join us to learn from and share your experiences from land management, business, policy and local practice.


We had a very large audience from all continents by people representing all societal levels of good practices for securing soil.
Key messages were:
  1. From the soil management perspective, there are several simple and low-cost solutions: increasing crop rotation, improved tillage, better irrigation systems, bringing crops on contaminated bare soils…
  2. The need for soil security should be handled by everyone, for that:
  • need awareness raising toward all public (Italian schools, People4Soil…)
  • co-practice, co-management of soil (Soil Health Partnership, Global Soil partnership, BASE Association…).
  1. The communication can be directed toward ecosystem services, environmental and economic benefits felt by the whole society.
  2. There are more and more existing soil information systems that all kinds of potential users should be able to manage. This deals with a value of soil data which could lead also towards a soil value.
  3. Need a value for soil security which can be provided by indicators and valorized by a label, a certificate
  4. Soil research is not dead (INSPIRATION Project); we need further understanding on soil functions, on the soil-water-air-biome nexus to better understand soil capacity, conditions and resilience to environmental stressors such as climate change, pollution, land grabbing…and to better characterize the central role soil plays for ensuring environmental and human security with new measurement and monitoring tools

A book to be published

The 2nd Global Soil Security conference, as for the 1st Symposium of the Global Soil Security, will be followed by a book publication. Further information will be available soon!

 After the 2nd Global Soil Security conference

 The 3rd Global Soil Security conference will take place at the University of Sydney in Australia, the 4-6 Decembre 2018. This third meeting on soil security will be carried by yhe partnership between the Sydney Institute of Agriculture and the Planetary Health Platform. Registration and Call for papers will open at the end of March 2018.



Discours d'ouverture de M. Stéphane Le Foll, Ministre Français de l'Agriculture, l'Agroalimentaire et des Forêts, porte-parole du gouvernement  /  Opening address by Mr Stéphane Le Foll, French Minister of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry, French Government Spokesperson

Monday 5 December 2016
08.30-09.00 Registration
09.00-09.30 R. Cointe (CEO, INERIS), P. Mauguin (CEO, INRA) Welcome address
09.30-10.30  Introduction to Global Soil Security 2016 (Moderator: Cristine Morgan, TAMU)
09.30-09.55 A.B. McBratney (Univ Sydney) Introduction about Concept of Soil Security
09.55-10.20 J. Bouma (Wageningen UR) How soil security concept can pave the way to achieve some of the Sustainable Development Goals
10.20-10.30 Discussion
10.30-12.40  Session 1: Scientific and Political framework of Soil Security (Moderator: Cristine Morgan, TAMU)
10.30-10.45 V. Castillo (Managing Director of the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD) The Land Degradation Neutrality Target Setting
10.45-11.00 R. Creamer (WUR) Soil and Ecosystem relationships, critical factors to soil
11.00-11.15 C. Chenu (AgroParisTech) Soil functions and ecosystem services
11.15-11.30 B. Bessagnet (INERIS) The soil-air nexus: an important aspect of global soil security
11.30-11.45 J.F. Soussana (INRA) The 4p1000 initative
11.45-12.00 D. Laird (Iowa State University) The Role of Soil Security in the Food-Energy-Water-Climate Nexus
12.00-12.05 P. P. Roggero (Univerfsity of Sassari) Long term agroecosystem experiments to foster
12.05-12.30 Discussion
12.30-14.00  Lunch
14.00-16.00  Session 1: Scientific and Political framework of Soil Security (Moderator: D. Field, Sydney University)
14.00-14.15 H.M. Van Es (Cornell University) Advancing Soil Security in the USA: The Issues, the Players, the Science.
14.15-14.30 R. Herintsitohaina (Antananarivo University) Agro-ecology in Madagascar: a solution for sustainable Agriculture production and Soil management
14.30-14.45 J. Faber (WUR) Using nature-based solutions to promote Soil Security
14.45-15.00 C. Collins (Reading University) The UK Soil Security Programme
15.00-15.15 A. Kruszel (Canadian Soil Conservation Council) Perspective of Soil Security in Canada
15.15-15.20 J. Mathieu (UPMC) Factors driving soil macrofauna biodiversity at global scale
15.20-15.40 Discussion
15.40-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-18.00  Session 2: Operationalising or Implementing Soil Security (Moderator: F. Carré, INERIS)
16.00-16.15 M. C. Morgan (Texas A&M University) Capturing value of soil: a multi-faceted approach
16.15-16.35 G. Pérès (INRA) & S. Houot (INRA) SUSTAIN (Soil functional Biodiversity and Ecosystem services, A Transdisiciplinary Approach) & ECOSOM (Soil Organic matter as a key factor in provision of soil ecosystem services)
16.35-16.50 M. Bardy (INRA) An assessment of the societal impacts of French soil databases
16.50-17.05 D. Arrouays (INRA) The International GlobalSoilMap Project
17.05-17.20 T. Hengl (ISRIC) Spatio-temporal modelling of global SOC stock: limitations, challenges and opportunities
17.20-17.25 L. Poggio (The James Hutton Institute) DSM for soil functions (in Scotland)
17.25-17.30 M. P. Robotham (USDA) Haiti Soil Survey and Natural Resources Conservation
17.30-17.35 M. P. Robotham (USDA) Healthy Soil Systems - a Soil Survey Approach to Soil Security
17.35-17.50 Discussion
18.00-19.00 Transfer to conference dinner
19.00-23.00 Conference dinner
Tuesday 6 December 2016
08.30-11.00  Session 2: Operationalising or Implementing Soil Security (Moderator: Yvonne Ohlsson, Swedish Geological Institute)
08.30-08.40 D. Bagnall (Texas A&M University) Linking indicators for soil security
08.40-08.55 B. McKenzie (Hutton Institute) Towards soil security – examples of what can be achieved by working with other professionals
08.55-09.10 V. Bert (INERIS) Enhancing ecosystem services of contaminated soil
09.10-09-20 Par-Erik Back (SGI) Does soil have value beyond what it provides humans?
09.20-09.25 E. Beauregard (Quebec University) Valorisation of urban soils: a key issue for enhancing urban ecological services
09.25-09.30 O. Afolabi (Coordinator Climate Change Network Nigeria) Climate smart agriculture (CSA) project in urban and peri-urban settlements in Nigeria
09.30-09.50 Discussion
09.50-10.00 N. Denieul (farmers, BASE Association) Examples of good French farming practices
10.00-10.05 J. Yang (Korea Environment Institute) Strategic environmental impact assessment for development basic plan considering complex characteristics of soil
10.05-10.10 A. S. Mangrich (Federal University of Paraná) An Integration Project for Improved Water Retention Capacity in Soils of the Brazilian Northeast Region
10.10-10.15 I. Virto (Universidad Pública de Navarra - Pampelune) Extension of Irrigation in Semi-arid Regions: What Challenges for Soil Security? Perspectives from a Regional-Scale Project: Life Regadiox
10.30-10.35 Z. Libohova (Purdue University) Soil Security for managing and protecting water resources: The example of Central America Dry Corridor Initiative
10.20-10.40 Discussion
10.40-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-13.00 Session 3: Towards more citizen soil science for achieving Soil Security (Moderator: I. Feix, ADEME)
11.00-11.15 D. Field (USYD) Soil Security to Connectivity: The What, So What and Now What.
11.15-11.30 L. Montanarella (JRC) The Global Soil Partnership
11.30-11.45 S. Demonet (FNE) People4soil: a European Citizens Initiative for soil
11.45-12.00 L. Maring (DELTARES) BALANCE 4P (Balancing decisions for urban brownfield regeneration – people, planet, profit and processes)
12.00-12.15 N. Bale (OVAM) The soil certificate – a Flemish tool in raising awareness about soil contamination
12.15-12.35 N. Goeser and farmers The Soil Partnership
12.35-12.45 W. Honeycutt (SHI) The Soil Health Institute
12.45-13.00 Discussion
13.00-14.30  Lunch
14.30-14.35 F. Bampa (TEAGASC) What is your prioritized soil function? Harvesting stakeholders´ knowledge from 5 EU countries
14.35-14.40 M. C. Moscatelli (University of Tuscia) Soil awareness in Italian high schools: a survey to understand soil knowledge and perception among students
14.40-14.45 M. C. Dictor (BRGM) Which R&D needs for a sustainable soil management and land use?
14.45-15.00 Discussion
15.00-16.00  Panel discussion: further steps to achieve Soil Security : M. Robotham (USDA), A. McBratney (Univ Sydney), J. Bouma (WUR), L. Montanarella (JRC) - Moderator: C. Chenu, AgroParisTech
16.00-16.20 F. Carré (INERIS) & D. Arrouays (INRA) Conclusions of the conference



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