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Establishment of the Asian Regional Soil Partnership by Ronald Vargas Rojas

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This presentation was made during Regional Conference on the Asian Soil Partnership that took place in Nanjing, China 08-11 Febraury 2012.The presentation was made by Ronald Vargas, and it presents the Establishment of the Regional Asian Soil Partnership.

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Establishment of the Asian Regional Soil Partnership by Ronald Vargas Rojas

  1. 1. ESTABLISHMENT OF THEESTABLISHMENT OF THEESTABLISHMENT OF THEESTABLISHMENT OF THE ASIAN REGIONALASIAN REGIONALASIAN REGIONALASIAN REGIONAL SOILSOILSOILSOIL PARTNERSHIPPARTNERSHIPPARTNERSHIPPARTNERSHIP Ronald Vargas Rojas 10 February 2012 • Presentation by national institutions: Cambodia, Nepal, Malaysia, Pakistan and Bhutan. • Background about GSP activities • Establishment of the Asian Regional Soil Partnership: • Institutional Overview • Brainstorming session about needs and priorities regarding soil activities in the region. • Starting activities at regional level: discussions about the way forward. ACTIVITIES FOR THIS SESSIONACTIVITIES FOR THIS SESSIONACTIVITIES FOR THIS SESSIONACTIVITIES FOR THIS SESSION • Finalizing the Zero version of the Terms of Reference in a participatory and inclusive manner. • Development of FAO Soil Portal: • Soil Legacy Data Digitalization – Existing Soil Maps: last entries into GeoNetwork 1200 maps globally. BACKGROUND ABOUT GSPBACKGROUND ABOUT GSPBACKGROUND ABOUT GSPBACKGROUND ABOUT GSP • Soil information activities: • Soil Legacy Data Digitalization – Existing Soil Maps: last entries into GeoNetwork 1200 maps globally. – Existing Soil Project Reports funded and implemented by FAO – Existing soil legacy profiles for the world BACKGROUND ABOUT GSPBACKGROUND ABOUT GSPBACKGROUND ABOUT GSPBACKGROUND ABOUT GSP • Upcoming GSP Workshop """"Towards Global SoilTowards Global SoilTowards Global SoilTowards Global Soil Information: activitiesInformation: activitiesInformation: activitiesInformation: activities within the GEO Task Global Soilwithin the GEO Task Global Soilwithin the GEO Task Global Soilwithin the GEO Task Global Soil DataDataDataData”””” 20-23 March 2012, FAO HQ Rome. BACKGROUND ABOUT GSPBACKGROUND ABOUT GSPBACKGROUND ABOUT GSPBACKGROUND ABOUT GSP The objective of the workshop will be to review the state of the art of tools and techniques for mapping soils at global and regional scales as an input for defining future activities under the implementation of the Global Soil Partnership. Soil data/information user demands will be also reviewed. Final products: a) draft plan of action for the soil information pillar and b) a State of the Art Report on Global and Regional Soil Information. • National institutions from 20 countries were contacted for this meeting. 16 are present and due to logistics issues representatives from Myanmar, Laos and India couldn’t come. However, they are interested on being part of the network. • After the national presentations, it is rewarding to see that National Soil Survey institutions are solidly present in most of the countries. Something that is very different in other regions, especially LAC. • In general, soil information is available in all the countries and some are using modern technologies while others are in a transformation phase. It ’s very valuable to see the impact of their activities into the decision making process, specially in agriculture. SOIL INSTITUTIONS IN THE REGIONSOIL INSTITUTIONS IN THE REGIONSOIL INSTITUTIONS IN THE REGIONSOIL INSTITUTIONS IN THE REGION
  2. 2. • RSPs should be formed among interested and active stakeholdersamong interested and active stakeholdersamong interested and active stakeholdersamong interested and active stakeholders. These regional partnerships will establish an interactive consultative processinteractive consultative processinteractive consultative processinteractive consultative process with national soil institutions, regional soil science societies and other relevant regional mechanisms. Preferably, they will build on existing regionalbuild on existing regionalbuild on existing regionalbuild on existing regional networks or collaborativenetworks or collaborativenetworks or collaborativenetworks or collaborative processesprocessesprocessesprocesses. Could someone provide us with details regarding the East Asian Soil Federation? • RSPs should facilitate links with national and local soil and landfacilitate links with national and local soil and landfacilitate links with national and local soil and landfacilitate links with national and local soil and land management programs and activitiesmanagement programs and activitiesmanagement programs and activitiesmanagement programs and activities with a view to strengthening work on soils and developing synergies with relevant land use and environmental initiatives and activities. • In order to implement regional programs, a network/partnershipregional programs, a network/partnershipregional programs, a network/partnershipregional programs, a network/partnership of institutions should be available. • Strengthening of the national soil institutionsStrengthening of the national soil institutionsStrengthening of the national soil institutionsStrengthening of the national soil institutions through capacitycapacitycapacitycapacity developmentdevelopmentdevelopmentdevelopment, facilitation and funding mechanisms, with a key component of South-South cooperationSouth-South cooperationSouth-South cooperationSouth-South cooperation is of fundamental interest of GSP. ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ASIAN SOILESTABLISHMENT OF THE ASIAN SOILESTABLISHMENT OF THE ASIAN SOILESTABLISHMENT OF THE ASIAN SOIL PARTNERSHIP/NETWORKPARTNERSHIP/NETWORKPARTNERSHIP/NETWORKPARTNERSHIP/NETWORK • Perception of national representatives about the initiative of establishing the Asian Regional Partnership: » From an institutional point of view » In relation to other existing networks/programs (for instance, in May there will be a meeting of FAO funded project on Plant Nutrition Management in Asia) » Needs and priorities in the region » Suggestions? • Interested people could be part of the revision of the GSP ToRs. • After May when countries endorse the ToRs, there will be an official Registration Form for partners to register into the GSP. ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ASIAN SOILESTABLISHMENT OF THE ASIAN SOILESTABLISHMENT OF THE ASIAN SOILESTABLISHMENT OF THE ASIAN SOIL PARTNERSHIP/NETWORK: brainstormingPARTNERSHIP/NETWORK: brainstormingPARTNERSHIP/NETWORK: brainstormingPARTNERSHIP/NETWORK: brainstorming • FAO together with ISCAS signed a LoA in order to implement two main activities: • Establish the basement of the Asian Soil Partnership/network (contacting and bringing the national institutions is the first step). Empowering and strengthening the network is the second step. • Start together a joint activity: with some small support prepare a regional report on the status of soil institutions and soil data/information using the valuable inputs from this meeting and further work. Harmonizing a regional soil map making use of available national soil maps (this could improve the current version of the HWSD, and then be used it as legacy data for other projects). Ganling to provide further details. • FAO will provide with the soil legacy data available in their databases. • If interested, recent soil publications could be send to each institution. • Next step......capacity development??? STARTING REGIONAL ACTIVITIESSTARTING REGIONAL ACTIVITIESSTARTING REGIONAL ACTIVITIESSTARTING REGIONAL ACTIVITIES

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