ISRIC - World Soil Information

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1966-01-01 Utrecht Netherlands


1 Jan 1966, Utrecht (Netherlands), as International Soil Museum (ISM) -- Musée international du sol -- Museo Internacional de Suelos -- Internationales Bodenkundliches Museum -- Internationaal Bodemkundig Museum, following recommendations of B-XB2568 - International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) (formerly ISSS) and B-XB0971 - FAO, with support from the General Conference of UNESCO (1964). Museum transferred to Wageningen (Netherlands) in 1978 and officially opened 9 Mar 1979. Subsequently changed title to International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC) -- Centre international de référence et d'information pédologique -- Centro Internacional de Referencia e Información en Suelos -- Internationales Bodenreferenz und Informations-Zentrum -- Internationaal Centrum voor Bodem-referentie en -informatie, 1984, when new role was adopted. Current shorter title registered 2003. Became a foundation Dec 1994. Since 2002, a strategic association with Wageningen University and Research Centre.


Serve the international community with information about the world's soil resources to help address major global issues.


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Managing Board, comprising representatives from Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR). International Scientific Advisory Council (ISAC) reflects, discusses and advises on ISRIC's activities viewed from an international perspective.


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GOAL 15: Life on Land



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