Do you know a soil champion? Nominations for the 2017 Glinka World Soil Prize now open!
The nomination process for the Glinka World Soil Prize 2017 is now open and organizations and individuals are invited to propose appropriate candidates.
Supported by the Russian Federation, the Prize is awarded annually under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership on World Soil Day, consisting of the Glinka Medal and an award of USD 15,000.
The Glinka World Soil Prize recognizes outstanding achievements and encourages dynamic change-makers to develop and implement new concepts of land and soil protection. It also helps raise awareness about the importance of soil functions. As such, the Prize honours outstanding innovations and contributions made by either individuals, institutions or organizations to safeguard soil resources for future generations. It is a unique opportunity for soil champions to showcase successful examples of improving and promoting the food and nutrition prospects of the planet’s fast-growing population and, in turn, our quality of life.
Soils are among the planet’s greatest treasures, and it is important to promote and reward practices that contribute to their protection. The Glinka World Soil Prize rewards land-use and soil management practices that mitigate soil threats like soil degradation, erosion, the reduction of organic matter, diffuse pollution and contamination, and compaction, as well as soil biodiversity loss, salinization, sealing, flooding and landslides. Promoting sustainable soil management practices is crucial for improving our food systems, maintaining a healthy environment and ensuring sustainable rural development. The protection of soil resources from degradation is also a prerequisite for poverty alleviation, as specified in the Revised World Soil Charter.
Nomination forms may be submitted to GSP-Secretariat [at] fao.org by 30 September 2017.
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