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|Title:||Global soils - preserving the capacity for food production|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||Global soil resources are limited and non-renewable. Therefore there is the need to establish a framework for preserving these limited resources for future generations. Current rates of soil degradation and land-take by urban sprawl and other land uses is severely threatening the capacity of planet Earth to produce sufficient food for the projected population of more than 9 billion by 2050. A clear target needs to be set and a functioning global governance system needs to be established for halting the rate of soil loss in order to preserve this precious resource. After 20 years from the Rio Convention, a binding target of zero net soil degradation by 2050 needs to be approved by all Nations as a fundamental sustainable development goal, together with a global soil partnership for soil protection federating all relevant stakeholders towards the achievement of this ambitious goal.|
|JRC Directorate:||Sustainable Resources|
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