World Soil Day
World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources.
The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, adopted a resolution proposing the 5th of December as World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human wellbeing. Under the leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand and within the framework of the "Global Soil Partnership", FAO has supported the formal establishment of World Soil Day as a global awareness raising platform.
Significance : An international day to celebrate Soil was recommended by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in 2002. Under the leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand and within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, FAO has supported the formal establishment of WSD as a global awareness raising platform. The FAO Conference unanimously endorsed World Soil Day in June 2013 and requested its official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013 the UN General Assembly responded by designating 5 December 2014 as the first official World Soil Day.
The date of 5 December for WSD was chosen because it corresponds with the official birthday of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, who officially sanctioned the event.In 2016 this day was officially recognized in memory and with respect for this beloved monarch who passed away in October 2016 after seven decades as head of state.In the following you will find a brief summary of the previous WSD editions, from 2012 to 2016 with links to the related communication toolkits.
World Soil Day 2017 activities aim to communicate messages on the importance of soil quality for food security, healthy ecosystems and human well-being. These include:
1. key publications and flagship initiatives
2. global events on 5 December 2017
3. policy dialogue for global commitment to address sustainable soil management, healthy ecosystems, and human well-being challenges during key global events
4. fun campaign materials for free download, use and dissemination
The observance of World Soil Day, an initiative of the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural organisation aims to connect people with soils and to impart awareness on its importance in our daily life and survival. A special postage stamp to commemorate the event will be released in collaboration with the Department of Posts on the occasion. Seminars for farmers on Soil Health Management for Sustainable Agricultural Development and climatic change and natural resource conservation will also be organised.