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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News & Blog Posts

The race to net zero: Balancing between ecosystem restoration and safeguarding legitimate land rights?
Blog Post

The race to net zero: Balancing between ecosystem restoration and safeguarding legitimate land rights?

A summary of the GLF Africa session: Our Landscape, Our Rights, Our Investment
Responsible Land Governance in Land Degradation Neutrality Programmes: Insights from Benin and Kenya
Publication

Responsible Land Governance in Land Degradation Neutrality Programmes: Insights from Benin and Kenya

Translating UNCCD Decision 26/COP14 on land tenure into national processes and monitoring the impact of LDN initiatives on land governance
Lier les droits fonciers des petits exploitants aux objectifs de neutralité en matière de dégradation des terres
Publication

Lier les droits fonciers des petits exploitants aux objectifs de neutralité en matière de dégradation des terres

Des études menées au Bénin et au Kenya soulignent l'importance de garantir les droits fonciers communaux dans les projets de restauration des terres.
It starts with people: The human rights imperative for achieving large-scale restoration targets
Blog Post

It starts with people: The human rights imperative for achieving large-scale restoration targets

Contextualising a GFFA Expert Panel hosted by TMG Research
Linking land rights for smallholders to Land Degradation Neutrality targets
Publication

Linking land rights for smallholders to Land Degradation Neutrality targets

Studies in Benin and Kenya highlight the importance of securing communal tenure rights in land restoration projects
Creating an enabling environment for green recovery: Global Soil Week 2021
News

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

Publications

Responsible Land Governance in Land Degradation Neutrality Programmes: Insights from Benin and Kenya

Report

Responsible Land Governance in Land Degradation Neutrality Programmes: Insights from Benin and Kenya

Check Abdel Kader Baba, Brian Washe Kazungu, Jes Weigelt & Anna Kramer

Global Soil Week 2021 Synthesis Report

Governance foncière responsable dans les programmes de la NDT au Bénin

Working Paper

Governance foncière responsable dans les programmes de la NDT au Bénin

Kader Baba, Anna Kramer, Charles Tamou

Ce rapport de la Global Soil Week 2021 fait le suivi des effets des mesures de la neutralité en matière de dégradation des terres sur la gouvernance foncière au Bénin

Responsible Land Governance in LDN Programmes in Kenya

Working Paper

Responsible Land Governance in LDN Programmes in Kenya

Brian Washe Kazungu, Anna Kramer, Jes Weigelt, Oscar Schmidt

This report from the Global Soil Week 2021 monitors the effects of Land Degradation Neutrality measures on land governance in Kenya.

Responsible Land Governance in LDN Programmes in Benin

Working Paper

Responsible Land Governance in LDN Programmes in Benin

Kader Baba, Anna Kramer, Charles Tamou

This report from the Global Soil Week 2021 monitors the effects of Land Degradation Neutrality measures on land governance in Benin.

Global Soil Week - Benin Pilot Study

Info Brief

Global Soil Week - Benin Pilot Study

Oscar Schmidt, Check Abdel Kader Baba

Info brief on the Benin pilot study of the Global Soil Week project for sustainable soil management and responsible land governance

Global Soil Week - Kenya Pilot Study

Info Brief

Global Soil Week - Kenya Pilot Study

Oscar Schmidt, Serah Kiragu-Wissler

Info brief on the Kenya pilot study of the Global Soil Week project for sustainable soil management and responsible land governance

Videos

  • The State of Land Degradation Neutrality in Madagascar

    Just Transitions towards Land Degradation Neutrality: Tenure Rights for Soil Restoration

  • Building Back Better and Greener with Agroecology

    A video marking the launch of the Transformative Partnership Platform (TPP) on agroecology

  • Agroecology for Adaptation - Systemic Challenges/Systemic Responses

    A video sharing perspectives from diverse experts on how to create an enabling environment to support smallholder-led innovations for climate change adaptation

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