22/04/2015 Research and Science, Europe & International
Soil resources at the centre of a web of conflicting issues
Soil is the foundation of all human activities, particularly agriculture. But there is a growing need among today's industrial, energy, urban and mining sectors for more space and more primary resources such as water, materials, mineral resources and energy. This places soil resources at the centre of a web of often conflicting issues. International competition has given rise to a host of questions in this area, primarily relating to soil governance and competition for land use but also concerning the potential retroactive effects on climate regulation owing to the key role of soil in the water cycle and in the storage of organic matter, especially carbon. In this context the 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS). On the occasion of the Global Soil Week, spotlight on ANR’s activities related to that issue.