World Soil Day: 5 December 2018

Wed 05/12/18

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.

The theme for World Soil Day 2017, as dedicated by the Global Soil Partnership, was "Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground".

Soil is a finite natural resource; on a human time-scale it is non-renewable. However, despite the essential role that soil plays in human livelihoods, there is a worldwide increase in degradation of soil resources due to inappropriate management practices, population pressure driving unsustainable intensification and inadequate governance over this essential resource.

Visit FAO's website for more details.

Details of 2018's World Soil Day have not yet been announced.