Global Soil Week

Strengthening accountability processes for soil restoration and responsible land governance.

The Global Soil Week (GSW) is a platform and process to bring together a diverse range of actors to initiate and strengthen policies and actions on sustainable soil management and responsible land governance. The biennial global conferences held between 2012 and 2017 was designed to bring together a broad cross-section of actors from the research, policy, and practice spheres in order to raise the profile of soil issues in development policies and programmes and identify ways to translate global targets on sustainable land management into feasible actions at the local level.
The GSW was initiated by Klaus Töpfer, founding Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam and former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. In 2017, with support from its partners, the GSW moved from its base at IASS to TMG Research, with the objective of creating an independent global platform. 
The objective of the current work of the GSW (2020-2023) is to strengthen the profile of soil and land resources as a fundamental pillar of sustainable development. A key entry point is supporting efforts towards the Sustainable Development Goal 15 target of achieving a land degradation neutral world. These efforts build on a decision on land tenure adopted by the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in 2019. Referencing the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, the decision positions people and vulnerable groups at the centre of the Convention’s agenda, and recognises the urgency of addressing land governance issues.
Ultimately, however, progress on this ambitious decision will depend on its implementation at the national and sub-national levels. For this, effective follow up, review, and reporting processes are essential ito ensure transparency and accountability, and safeguard the legitimate land rights of smallholder farmers, indigenous communities, women, and other marginalised groups. Unfortunately, this important step is often overlooked because of various methodological and practical challenges. To bridge these gaps, this project seeks to enhance collaboration with civil society organisations working on responsible land governance issues, who have amassed a vast array of procedural knowledge and cannot only provide vital and meaningful expertise in monitoring and reporting, but also support parties in implementing land degradation neutrality measures that are in line with the land tenure decision.
Archive of Global Soil Week reports by the Earth Negotiations Bulletin
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Creating an enabling environment for green recovery: Global Soil Week 2021
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Creating an enabling environment for green recovery: Global Soil Week 2021

Global Soil Week project publishes two info briefs on pilot projects in Benin and Kenya
IISD releases summary report on Land-Food-Climate discussion
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IISD releases summary report on Land-Food-Climate discussion

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin has published a report on the TMG and Robert Bosch Stiftung-hosted discussion on Climate Resilience through the Right to Food
The future of global soil governance
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The future of global soil governance

TMG Director Alexander Müller joins workshop discussion at Euro Soil 2021
“I don’t know where the firewood buyers are coming from”
Blog Post

“I don’t know where the firewood buyers are coming from”

How Covid-19 puts the livelihoods of forest-dependent communities at risk
People and Planet
Blog Post

People and Planet

Empowering African communities in ecosystem restoration
Creating an enabling environment for nature-based solutions to climate change
Blog Post

Creating an enabling environment for nature-based solutions to climate change

Global goals will not percolate by themselves, local evidence is fundamental to implementing nature-based solutions to climate change
Strengthening civic spaces in spatial planning processes - A technical guide on regulated spatial planning and tenure to balance societal priorities in the use of land, fisheries and forests

Technical Guide

Strengthening civic spaces in spatial planning processes - A technical guide on regulated spatial planning and tenure to balance societal priorities in the use of land, fisheries and forests

Jes Weigelt, Anna Katharina Kramer, Samie Blasingame, Sonja Scheele

Decisions over tenure – who gets access to land, fisheries and forests, for how long, and under what conditions – have important implications for people’s livelihoods.

From The Bottom Up: Creating an enabling environment for sustainable land management

Technical Guide

From The Bottom Up: Creating an enabling environment for sustainable land management

Anna Kramer, Jes Weigelt, Alexander Müller, Samie Blasingame

This guide presents investment strategies designed to create an enabling environment for sustainable land management (SLM) and ecosystem restoration.

Global Soil Week 2019 - Creating an Enabling Environment for Sustainable and Climate Resilient Agriculture in Africa (Outcome Report)

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Global Soil Week 2019 - Creating an Enabling Environment for Sustainable and Climate Resilient Agriculture in Africa (Outcome Report)

TMG Research gGmbH

The Global Soil Week (GSW) 2019 took place from the 26th – 30th of May 2019 at the ICRAF Campus in Nairobi. It would not have been possible without the support of a wide range of partners.

Global Soil Week 2019 - Créer un environnement propice à une agriculture durable et résiliente au changement climatique en Afrique (Rapport sur les résultats)

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Global Soil Week 2019 - Créer un environnement propice à une agriculture durable et résiliente au changement climatique en Afrique (Rapport sur les résultats)

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La Global Soil Week (GSW) 2019 a eu lieu du 26 au 30 mai 2019 sur le campus ICRAF à Nairobi. Cet événement n’aura pas été possible sans le soutien d’une multitude de partenaires.

Global Soil Week 2017 - Catalysing SDG Implementation Through a Soil and Land Review (Final Report)

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Global Soil Week 2017 - Catalysing SDG Implementation Through a Soil and Land Review (Final Report)

TMG Research gGmbH

The Global Soil Week, held in Berlin on 22–24 May 2017, was cohosted by twenty-three partners, including four governments and a wide range of intergovernmental and academic organisations and civil society networks.

Global Soil Week 2017 - L’examen des sols et des terres, élément catalyseur de la réalisation des ODD (Synthèse du rapport final)

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Global Soil Week 2017 - L’examen des sols et des terres, élément catalyseur de la réalisation des ODD (Synthèse du rapport final)

TMG Research gGmbH

Ayant eu lieu à Berlin du 22 au 24 mai 2017, la Global Soil Week a été co-organisée par 23 partenaires, dont quatre gouvernements, une kyrielle d’organismes intergouvernementaux et académiques et des réseaux de la société civile.

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