World Soil Day, 5th December 2016 | United Nations

The 5th December 2016 is designated World Soil Day by the United Nations; a day to raise awareness of the critical importance of soil to everyone’s lives, and the issues affecting soils today.


The 2016 theme for World Soil Day is “Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life.” Pulses contribute many positive properties to soil, which is why 2016 was declared the International Year of Pulses by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. Click on the image below to find out about the ‘symbiotic and strategic symbiosis’ between Soils and Pulses:

FAO: ‘symbiotic and strategic symbiosis’ between Soils and Pulses










The United Nations Secretary-General’s message for World Soil Day 2016 emphasises the many important purposes of healthy soil, one of which is helping to combat climate change:

In a modern world where the population is growing, cities are expanding, the climate is changing and more food is needed, we urgently need healthy soils to ensure the essential services they provide.

Sustainable management systems and practices will unlock the full potential of soils to support food production, store and supply clean water, preserve biodiversity, sequester more carbon and increase resilience to a changing climate.

Sustainable soil management will also advance progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. It should become the worldwide norm in order to optimize our use of soil now and preserve and protect it over the long term…

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, Message for World Soil Day 2016

You can read the full message here.


The FAO have made some useful short videos that explain a few of the important uses of soils. The video belows talks about the ways in which soils helps us fight climate change.


To watch the rest of the videos and find out more about how important healthy soil is to our world click here. For more information about World Soil Day, head to:


Source: World Soil Day 2016 – Food and Agriculture OrganizationWorld Soil Day – United Nations


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