After many years of debate, FAO's Intergovernmental Technical Group on Soils has approved an official definition of healthy soil. PHOTO: FAO archive.FAO

What is healthy soil? FAO coins the official definition

The UN Agency's Intergovernmental Technical Group on Soils (ITPS) has defined healthy soil as "the ability to sustain productivity, diversity and environmental services of terrestrial ecosystems". A starting point for setting comparable indicators on sustainable land management
Armenia, the capital of the department of Quindío. The reconversion of the city's arena is one of the many projects carried out in the country in order to preserve and promote biodiversity. Photo: young shanahan Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Photo: young shanahan Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

No more bullfighting: a Colombian arena becomes a biodiversity vehicle

From bullfighting to biodiversity. How a former Colombian bullring will be transformed into a garden. An awareness-raising project in a country that has already set an ambitious program for the protection of its native species
The goal of the EU Mission is to ensure the health of 3/4 of Europe's soil by 2030. Photo: CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain DedicationCC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication

Laws, innovations, agriculture: time to take care of EU soil with concrete measures

Presentation event for the EU Soil Mission. Against degradation and cementification we need best practices and political choices.

Looking for a perfect reforestation? Just follow these 10 rules

Planting new trees is not enough: in order to optimize carbon sequestration and promote biodiversity, reforestation must follow particular criteria. An Italian researcher from Richmond's Royal Botanic Gardens has combined them into a decalogue
Debora Fino, president of Re Soil Foundation.

“These technologies can help us meet the healthy soil challenge”

Debora Fino, presidente di Re Soil Foundation: l'importanza di avere un suolo in salute è ancora troppo sottovalutata. Le competenze dei tecnici possono ispirare politiche lungimiranti che contrastino degrado e desertificazione.
Young Fulani herdsmen. According to Amnesty International the conflict between herders and farmers in Nigeria has resulted in more than 3,600 deaths from 2016 to 2018. Photo: Neptunian83 Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

From climate change to demography. How the soil war is devastating Nigeria

Il degrado del terreno minaccia la Nigeria creando le condizioni per un sanguinoso conflitto tra pastori e agricoltori. Con il land grabbing sullo sfondo.
Citizens have three months to contribute with their suggestions on soil health strategy. While EU Mission comes to Italy

Soil Strategy: EU citizens asked to share their views

The three-month open consultation for public suggestions has begun. Biodiversity is crucial for soil health. The EU Mission is coming to Italy
The high price of coastal flood mitigation in Europe

The high price of coastal flood mitigation in Europe

Un’analisi del Centro Comune di Ricerca Ue mostra che i Paesi europei dovranno investire, prima del 2100, fino a 2,8 miliardi di euro all’anno. Solo così possono sperare di non perdere fino a 1,27 trilioni a causa dei cambiamenti climatici, delle inondazioni e dei conseguenti danni alle coste.
Soil SOS: here are the enemies that are robbing it of its health

Soil SOS: here are the enemies that are robbing it of its health

This is a battle that is being fought under the radar, but our health, the health of ecosystems, agricultural systems and the economy depend on it. We have identified 5 issues that need to be addressed, at all levels, to restore soil health
From Milan to China: the rise of the vertical forests

From Milan to China: the rise of the vertical forests

Boeri Studio’s project to install forests on skyscrapers is about to become reality in the Far East: four will be inaugurated in Huanggang and Nanjing by May. They will make it possible to cut tonnes of CO2 and microparticles, reduce energy consumption and increase biodiversity through the rediscovery of native species