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Upcoming event - The World Soil Day in Belgrade, Serbia

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Healthy soils for a healthy life

Belgrade Fair, Hall 8

December 14, 2017, 11:00

December 15, 2017, 15:00

What is soil? Soil can get on our clothes or under our fingers. But, it's much more complex. Did you know that there are more organisms in one tablespoon of soil than there are people on our planet? Soil is a non-renewable resource and 2 ha of soils are sealed under expending cities every 2 minutes in the world. Do you know that 95% of our food comes from the soil? What if the world's soils run out?

 

If this sounds unimaginable to you, you should reexamine your knowledge about soil. Discuss with us about what soil is made of, how it serves us, how soil is destroyed and how we can prevent soil degradation and protect it from being polluted. 

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Soil - Nonstop shop

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Belgrade Fair, Hall 9

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December 17, 2017, 10:00 - 19:00

What is soil? What is soil made of? How many types of soil are there and what are they? How many years can take up to produce 1cm of soil?

 

You think you know ALL about the soil! It might be, but be prepared for surprises! We will explore what is hidden in the soil. What are the main causes of soil pollution? We will show you soil sampling equipment and suits. You will learn new things about the soil.

Soil is a crucial component in different ecological processes, such as water management and organic carbon cycle. Soil is one without a doubt of the most significant parts of the ecosystem, contributing to our food, water and energy and playing an important part in reducing the impact of climate change.

Land degradation is likely to reduce the ability of soils to serve as a carbon sink and causes release of carbon currently stored in soils to the atmosphere. The challenges of reaching sustainable development, environmental services, as well as health and livelihood of local communities greatly depend on adequate planning and management of land resources on local and national levels. Without healthy soils, ecosystems and human food production cannot be sustained and sustainable local development cannot be achieved.  

 

The best way to celebrate World Soil Day is to educate people on the importance of a soil as a natural resource. Large amount of damage is done to our planet every year due to the lack of   knowledge about the earth and impacts of human activities. There are number of things we can do in order to protect and conserve our soils.

 

In the frame of the project „Enhanced Cross-Sectoral Land Management through Land Use Pressure Reduction and Planning“ which has been implemented in Serbia by United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), executed by UN Environment Vienna Office in close cooperation with Serbian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Serbian Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and supported by Forestry and Environmental Action - fea, project partners will undertake activities to raise awareness on the importance of land, land degradation issues, drivers of soil degradation, consequences of soil degradation and sustainable land management among young population.

 

UN Environment, SEPA, FAO Project office in Serbia and fea will organize and implement a range of activities to celebrate World Soil Day 2017 during the Serbian Science Festival (SSF) which will be held 14-17 December 2017.

 

The Festival has 11 year long tradition with a mission to bring science closer to non-scientific audience and to provoke interest in scientific work, and furthermore in understanding its impacts in everyday life. SSF  is one of the top science festivals in SE Europe, while at local level it represents the most popular and most important annual scientific event. Last year Science Festival recorded 32,000 visitors in four days and it hosted 58 scientific and educational institutions with over 550 scientific demonstrators.

 

This is a great opportunity to gather young population and through many activities to spread a message of the importance of soil as a natural resource.