Mainstreaming soil biodiversity into global biodiversity
Mainstreaming soil biodiversity into global biodiversity2016-12-07
The Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) promotes the translation of expert knowledge on soil biodiversity into environmental policy and sustainable land management for the protection and enhancement of ecosystem services. It is estimated that 25-30% of global biodiversity lives in soil, yet it remains an under-represented habitat in biodiversity science and policy. Soil biota are critical for human well-being because their activities underpin soil resources and the delivery of major ecosystem services. Soil organisms are integral to growing the food we eat, cleaning the water we drink, and recycling the air we breathe. In addition, soil biodiversity supports terrestrial life; aboveground biodiversity cannot be protected and conserved without consideration of belowground organisms and processes. Yet, large knowledge gaps exist in observing and understanding soil biodiversity. Furthermore, soil biodiversity is at great risk due to pressures from human land use changes. The GSBI and European Commission Joint Research Centre published the first Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas in May 2016. In this event, we will highlight recent research synthesized in the Atlas and elsewhere estimating global soil biodiversity, threats to it, and ways to protect it. The goal of this session is to facilitate a discussion on rapidly accumulating knowledge on the management of soil biodiversity for improved ecosystem services and highlight ways to integrate research developments into management practices and sustainable policy including the Aichi Targets and UN Sustainable Development Goals.
SCBD link: https://www.cbd.int/side-events/2155
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