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UN marks 2015 as International Year of Soils

UN marks 2015 as International Year of Soils

The 68th UN General Assembly announced the year 2015 to be the International Year of Soils, aimed to increase awareness of the importance of soil for food security.

The stamp represents an open boll of the cotton plant. In the background a typical mountain landscape of Kyrgyzstan is depicted. In the left upper corner of the stamp the official International Year of Soils logo is presented.

International Year of Soils

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is responsible to implement the International Year of Soils 2015.

The International Year of Soils 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.

UN marks 2015 as International Year of Soils

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.

UN marks 2015 as International Year of Soils

Various Science societies around the globe will be celebrating and promoting this global cause.
Soil Science Society of America
Soils for Life – Australia

International Year of Soils stamps
Spanish Stamps

Title: International Year of Soils
Date of Issue: 2 September 2015
Country: Kyrgyzstan-KEP
Denominations: 50.00 KGS

Source: Kyrgyz Express Post (KEP)

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