Spanish post issued a postage stamps to mark year 2015 as International Year of Soils. The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils.
The stamps shows the contrast of fertile soil with the food produced from it and a forest full of plants, alongside cracked, barren soil resulting from the deterioration of the ecosystem.
The stamp has several petunia seeds inside along with the slogan: “Renew the soil. Plant me”.
International Year of Soils
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is responsible to implement the International Year of Soils 2015.
The FAO with Global Soil Partnership and in collaboration with Governments and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention will take major steps to Combat Desertification.
The International Year of Soils 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.
The main objectives of International Year of Soils 2015:
– raising awareness among society and governments of the importance of soil to human life.
– educating on the role that soil plays in food safety, the ecosystem and sustainable development.
– supporting efficient policies and actions aimed at protecting soils, and promoting investments to develop and maintain healthy soils.
– Advocate for rapid capacity enhancement for soil information collection and monitoring at all levels (global, regional and national).
Soil is the surface layer of the earth’s crust that is considered to be productive and the medium for plants to grow. It is the top most important medium to produce the food.
Its composition is based on inorganic materials, such as sand, silt, or rocks, and organic materials, air, water and living organisms, which help determine the type of soil and its production.
Soil is a not among the renewable resource, as it may take over a thousand years to form just a centimetre of soil.
At present, soils are in danger due to the expansion of cities, deforestation, pollution and climate change. Faced with this situation, the FAO warns of the need to adopt new measures regarding the world’s surface area of arable land.
If any preventive measures are not taken, our lives will be in danger we could run the risk of not being able to satisfy the food needs of future generations also.
Various Science societies around the globe will be celebrating and promoting this global cause.
Soil Science Society of America
The Soil Science Society of America is coordinating with the Global Soil Partnership and other organizations around the world to celebrate the 2015 International Year of Soils and raise awareness and promote the sustainability of our limited soil resources.
Soils for Life – Australia
Soils for Life strongly supports the IYS 2015 and will continue to promote the importance of healthy soils and encourage landscape management practices throughout the year.
International Year of Soils stamps
Title: International Year of Soils
Date of Issue: 26 June 2015
Denominations: 0,90 €
Source: Spanish Post