05 Mar 2018 Story Environmental governance

Contemplating soil governance

Rapid development and expanding infrastructure are exerting increasing pressure on soil, leading to soil degradation. Extractive industries are often prone to industrial mismanagement, leading to pollution of wide perimeters, threatening ecosystem services and food security for many people.

The German Federal Agency and the Konrad Adeneur Stfung, together with UN Environment, will identify options for strengthening legislation around soil governance. This will be done in using recommendations provided by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and joint FAO and UN Environment publications on legal and regulatory issues relating to Sustainable Land Management.

The meeting was attended by around 40 experts from Africa and abroad, including participants from the UNCCD and the FAO, who shared their views on the protection and sustainable management of soils and the encountered challenges.

During the workshop, the International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy 2016 was launched by the Ugandan Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries, Hon. Vincent Frerrio Bamulangaki Ssempijja and Hon. Jacqueline Amongin, MP of Uganda, alongside the editors of the book.

For more details, please contact Maria.Manguiat@un.org