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UN Sustainable Development Goals

GOAL 15: Life on Land


Soil is a mixture of organic matter, minerals, gases, liquids, and organisms that together support life. Earth's body of soil, called the pedosphere, has four important functions:

  • as a medium for plant growth
  • as a means of water storage, supply and purification
  • as a modifier of Earth's atmosphere
  • as a habitat for organisms

From Wikipedia

Organizations relating to Soil

Clay Pipe Collectors Circle International
Nordic Society for Clay Research / Est. 2014
Asia Florists' Association
International Humic Substances Society / Est. 1981
Central American Association of Flower Therapists / Est. 2001
ISRIC - World Soil Information / Est. 1966
Faculté internationale de pédologie
International Committee for Horticultural Congresses / Est. 1927
International Professional Horticultural Federation / Est. 1923
Liatris International / Est. 1985
European Turfgrass Society / Est. 2007
Agriculture and Agro-Industry including Fisheries Programme of Research and Technological Development / Est. 1992
European Association for Flowers and Landscaping / Est. 1996
Inter-African Committee of Experts and Consultants on Soils / Est. 1978
Partnership for Acid Drainage Remediation in Europe
International Bean Yield and Adaptation Nursery
International Centre for Soil Conservation Information / Est. 1983
International Soil Conservation Organization / Est. 1983
Perlite Institute / Est. 1949
International Erosion Control Association / Est. 1972
Benelux Society for Horticultural Science / Est. 1996
Organic Reclamation and Composting Association / Est. 1991
Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration / Est. 1983
European Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Group / Est. 1994

View all profiles (107 total) in the Yearbook of International Organizations

World Problems relating to Soil

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Deterioration in soil fertility
Threatened species of Kinosternidae
Uncontrolled river erosion
Lack of soil analysis
Health hazards of asbestos
Soil compaction
Volcanic dust
Radioactive fallout
Soil salinization
Waterlogged soils
Soil erosion
Soil mismanagement
Soil pollution
Soil degradation
Coastal erosion
Soil infertility
Natural environment degradation
Threatened species of Pelusios seychellensis
Threatened species of Kinosternon sonoriense
Threatened species of Kinosternon creaseri
Threatened species of Kinosternon oaxacae
Threatened species of Georyssidae
Threatened species of Pelusios
Dust explosions

Action Strategies relating to Soil

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Improving soil management
Decomposing organic materials
Converting sewage waste into compost
Integrating sources of plant nutrients to sustain soil fertility
Using stress-tolerant plant materials for rehabilitating land
Fertilizing soils
Using appropriate soil additives
Mapping soils
Mapping soil deficiency
Developing soil tillage
Encouraging soil conservation
Testing soil
Developing geographically referenced soils
Reporting negligence by pedologists
Applying nitrogen to soil
Growing compost crops
Studying effects of poor soil management
Coping with soil deficiency
Ensuring competent soil inspectors
Neglecting research in pedology
Studying soil-transmitted diseases
Destroying alluvial forests
Protecting alluvial forests
Researching soil infertility
Growing soil conserving plants

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