CBD COP 15 Event Warns of Threats from Loss of Soil Biodiversity | News | SDG Knowledge HubPosted by On

Loss of soil biodiversity remains one of the main global threats to food security in many regions of the world and is likely greater than estimated due to a lack of data. This was one of the main messages of a side event, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Government of China, convened during the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP 15) in Montreal, Canada.

The 17 December High-Level Breakfast on Soil Biodiversity saw the launch of the Global Soil Biodiversity Observatory (GLOSOB), which aims to forecast the status of soil biodiversity and soil health.

During the event, Zhao Yingmin, Vice Minister of Ecology and Environment, China, called GLOSOB’s launch timely for contributing to implementation of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). He highlighted national measures to address soil biodiversity, including a national soil census, which is expected to be completed in 2025.

In a keynote presentation, George Brown, on behalf of members of the International Network on Soil Biodiversity (NETSOB), emphasized that soil degradation affects the delivery of key soil services such as climate and flood regulation, the discovery of important pharmaceuticals, and the habitat of a vast “underground universe” of soil organisms.

Lifeng Li, FAO, outlined GLOSOB’s mission of providing global soil biodiversity data and information for guiding evidence-based decision making. He explained that under the GLOSOB, countries…

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