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Just Published: Soil and Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the UN formulated seventeen global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), among them ending poverty, eliminating hunger, protecting the planet and ensuring peace and prosperity. Although judicious management of soils is critical to advancing most of these goals, the word soil is not once mentioned in any of these laudable goals. SDG#15, for example, mentions land degradation but does not specifically focus on soils. In line with previous UN programs, SDGs thus reflect an utter lack of awareness of the importance of the most basic of all natural resources on which depends all terrestrial life – soils.

Consequently, this book aims to document the importance of soil and soil protection to reaching these Sustainable Development Goals. Its fifteen chapters, authored by experienced and knowledgeable researchers from around the world, synthesize the knowledge and state-of-the-science and link soil properties and processes to specific SDGs.

The volume highlights individual soil related aspects of the SDGs, such as the contribution of soil science, soil management and use, measures to minimize erosion, climatic effects, carbon sequestration by soils, soil restoration, the role hydrology plays in sustainable soil management, ways to preserve soil structure of fertile volcanic soils. Soil and water pollution, which must be controlled in order to preserve soil and environmental health are also discussed. Other chapters deal with how to convince the general public of the usefulness of the SDGs and point out how the public may contribute to them, ways to manage Chernozems and the role IUSS plays in furthering and implementing the soil related measures are also discussed herein. 

Soil and Sustainable Development Goals /GeoEcology Essays

Table of contents:

Chapter 1 Role of soils for satisfying global demands as defined by the U.N.Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Winfried E.H. Blum 
Chapter 2 How can the soil science discipline contribute most effectively to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals?. Johan Bouma 
Chapter 3 The soil nexus and sustainable development goals. Henry Lin 
Chapter 4 Soil health and functions as a basic requirement for advancing the SDGs. Rainer Horn, Heiner Fleige, Rattan Lal and Iris Zimmermann  
Chapter 5 The role of soil management and restoration in advancing Sustainable Development Goals. David A.N. Ussiri and Rattan Lal  
Chapter 6 Soil management for advancing SDG 13 (Climate Action). Fabrizio Albanito, Nuala Fitton and Pete Smith  
Chapter 7 Regulatory utilization of USLE/RUSLE erosion rate estimates in Uruguay: a policy coincident with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.Mario Pérez-Bidegain, Mariana Hill, Carlos Clerici, José A. Terra, Jorge Sawchik and Fernando García-Préchac  
Chapter 8 Restoring soils of Sub-Saharan Africa for achieving SDGs. A.O. Ogunkunle and V.O. Chude  
Chapter 9 The contribution of hydropedological assessments to the availability and sustainable management of water, for all (SDG#6). Johan van Tol, Simon Lorentz, George van Zijl and Pieter le Roux  
Chapter 10 The relevance of soil structure conservation and carbon sequestration in Chilean volcanic ash soils for achieving sustainable development goals. José Dörner, Dorota Dec, Franciso Matus, Felipe Zúñiga, Iván Ordóñez and Rainer Horn  
Chapter 11 Advancing the Soil-Water-Waste Nexus approach for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Parvathy Chandrasekhar, Anika Reetsch, Sridhar Patra, Reza Ardakanian and Kai Schwärzel  
Chapter 12 Edaphological approaches to advancing Sustainable Development Goals: an educational perspective to build a citizen preservation culture. Laura Bertha Reyes-Sánchez  
Chapter 13 Soil science solutions for advancing SDG 2 towards resilient agriculture. A. Bonfante, A. Basile, G. Langella, P. Manna, and F. Terribile  
Chapter 14 Managing Chernozems for advancing SDGs. Pavel Krasilnikov, Alexey Sorokin, Oleg Golozubov, and Olga Bezuglova  
Chapter 15 Sustainable Development Goals and the International Union of Soil Sciences. Rattan Lal  

Soil and Sustainable Development Goals / GeoEcology Essays. Ed.: Rattan Lal; Rainer Horn; Takashi Kosaki. 2018. VII, 196 pages, 49 figures, 21 tables, US-ISBN: 1-59326-269-8, 17x24cm, 520 g. Language: English

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