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Global Symposium on Soil Erosion (GSER19)-The deadline for abstract submission is 10 March 2019

The Global Symposium on Soil Erosion (GSER19) will be a science-policy meeting, held over three days, from 15-17 May, at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy. Jointly organized by the UN FAO and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), together with the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, its main objective is to establish a common platform to present and discuss the latest information on the status of interventions and innovations in the field of soil erosion and related land management.

Soil erosion is one of the ten major soil threats identified in the 2015 Status of the World’s Soil Resources report (link). It is defined as the removal of soil particles, soil aggregates, organic matter and nutrients from the land surface through three major pathways: water, wind and tillage. Soil erosion can affect soil quality by removing the highly fertile topsoil and exposing the subsurface horizon that has low organic matter content. This process can result in soil structure degradation, nutrient loss, poor microbial activity and even soil salinity.

It poses a major threat to global food security and to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. As confirmed at the UNFCCC COP23 (see the Koronivia Decision) in 2018, soil health is key to combating climate change. In this context, soil erosion control can be related to the achievement of SDG13 and further extended to the SDGs 2, 3, 6 and 15 on food security, clean water provision, desertification and biodiversity loss halting, respectively.

GSER19 aims to translate scientific and policy evidence into decisions and actions to minimize soil erosion for increased food security, ecosystem services, and promote the restoration of eroded sites.

The Organizing Committee of the Global Symposium on Soil Erosion (GSER19) is currently accepting abstracts that will compete for oral and poster presentations during this symposium. The extended abstracts shall be written in English, maximum 2000 words in Word format.

Abstracts should address one of the following symposium themes:

Theme 1: Use of data and assessment tools in soil erosion control

Theme 2: Policy in action to address soil erosion

Theme 3: The economics of soil erosion control and restoration of eroded land

All extended abstracts must be submitted in the prescribed format (Extended abstract template) and emailed to GSER-19 [at] fao.org (), indicating “Call for extended abstracts/Your full name/Preferred Theme” in the subject line. They will be revised by the GSER19 Scientific Committee.

The deadline for abstract submission is 10 March 2019. Authors will be notified with a decision regarding their abstract submission by 31 March 2019 and details for oral and poster presentations will be provided. For any enquiries regarding GSER19 and abstract submission, please contact:  GSER-19 [at] fao.org ().