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Soil stores 10% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.

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The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) is the global union of soil scientists. The objectives of the IUSS are to promote all branches of soil science, and to support all soil scientists across the world in the pursuit of their activities. This website provides information for IUSS members and those interested in soil science.

International Year of Soils

Logo for IYS - Internation Year of Soils 2015 - a hand holding a plant growing out of various layers of soil

On 24 April 2013 at the 146th FAO Council, FAO member countries endorsed the request from the Kingdom of Thailand in the framework of the GSP for the proclamation of the International Year of Soils 2015 (IYS).

The IYS will serve as a platform for raising awareness on the importance of sustainable soil management as the basis for food systems, fuel and fibre production, essential ecosystem functions and better adaptation to climate change for present and future generations.

(Source: FAO / Global Soil Partnership)

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Official "2015 Year of Soils" movie!

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IUSS Activities for the International Year of Soils 2015

Global Soil Security Symposium, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, May 19-21 2015
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Global Workshop on Digital Soil Morphometrics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, June 1-4, 2015
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IUSS Conference on the International Year of Soils and the 350th Anniversary of Christian Albrechts University. Semptember 23-25, 2015

Soil functions and climate change- do we underestimate the consequences of new disequilibria in soil properties?
SUSTAIN Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany,
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5th International Symposium on SOIL ORGANIC MATTER, Göttingen, Germany, September 20-24, 2015
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Celebration of International Year of Soils 2015, 7th December 2015, Vienna, Austria
Achievements and Future Challenges

Registration is closed!
Information: iuss@umweltbundesamt.at

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Vienna Soil Declaration Draft

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International Activities for the International Year of Soils

The 3rd Global Soil Week in Berlin, Germany, April 19 – 23, 2015*
International Activities include:
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3rd General Assembly of Global Soil Partnership, FAO, Rome, Italy, June 22-25, 2015
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