PRESS RELEASE ON THE WORLD SOIL DAY, 5TH DEC. AND THE 2015 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF SOILS
The Soil Science Society of Nigeria wishes to draw your kind attention to the World Soil Day, 5th December and 2015 as International Year of Soils.
Importance of Soil
Soil is a finite natural resource and is no-renewable on human timescale. Soils are also the foundation of agricultural development and ecosystem sustainability, and provide the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production, clean water, nutrient cycle, organic carbon stocks, and one-quarter of global biodiversity, and also serve as a platform and source for construction.
Despite the essential role of soil in life of humanity, their degradation is increasing due to inappropriate practices, growing population pressures and inadequate governance of this essential natural resource. The urgent need is to raise awareness and to promote sustainability of our limited soil resource using the best available scientific information and building on all dimensions of sustainable development.
World Soil Day
Recognising the importance of soil, the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS) in 2002 made a resolution proposing the 5th of December as World Soil Day. The IUSS chose this date in honour of the birthday of the Thailand’s King, His Majesty Bhumibol Aduladej, for his untiring efforts in the promotion of soil science and soil resource conservation and sustainable management. On 20th of December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly (68th UNGA) designated 5th December as World Soil Day and declared 2015 the International Year of Soils.
The 5th of December has been set aside to celebrate the importance of soil, all over the world, as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to the human wellbeing. It encourages all Member States of the United Nations, of which Nigeria is one, to take advantage of this date and acquaint its citizens of the importance of soil and the need to preserve it.
2015: International Year of Soils aims to be a platform for raising awareness of the importance of soils for food and nutrition security and essential eco-system functions all year round.
The objectives of the IYS are:
- to create full awareness of civil society and decision makers about the fundamental roles of soils for human’s life;
- to achieve full recognition of the prominent contributions of soils to food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, essential ecosystem services, poverty alleviation and sustainable development;
- to promote effective policies and actions for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources;
- to sensitize decision-makers about the need for robust investment in sustainable soil management activities aiming at healthy soils for different land users and population groups;
- to advocate rapid enhancement of capacities and systems for soil information collection and monitoring at the national level.
The Soil Science Society of Nigeria urges every Nigerian to take good advantage of these two soil events to promote the importance of soil to our health, well being and socioeconomic growth. The Society encourages people to treat our beloved country’s soil with the care it deserves so that it will continue to sustain our lives and livelihood.
In the Words of Friedrich Albert Fallon (1862), “there is nothing in the whole nature which deserves more importance or deserves much attention as the soil. Truly, it is the soil which nourishes and provides for the whole nature, the whole of creation depends on the soil, which is the ultimate foundation of our existence”.
We hope that you find this information useful enough to share with others.
Please accept the assurances of our highest regards.
Prof. V. O. Chude, FSSSN
President, Soil Science Society of Nigeria
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