A matter of life and death

2015 is the International Year of Soil. Soil plays a fundamental role in sustaining life through:

  • Being the basis for healthy food production
  • Being the foundation for vegetation which produces feed, fibre, fuel and medicine
  • Supporting biodiversity
  • Combating and adapting to climate change through its role in the carbon cycle
  • Through storing and filtering water

The aims of the International Year of Soil includes raising public awareness, supporting effective policy and actions for sustainable management, promoting investment in sustainable soils management and advocating for increased soil information collection and monitoring.

For more information please go to http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/.