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The main objectives of The State of the World’s Soil Resources are: (a) to provide a global scientific assessment of current and projected soil conditions built on regional data analysis and expertise; (b) to explore the implications of these soil conditions for food security, climate change, water quality and quantity, biodiversity, and human health and wellbeing; and (c) to conclude with a series of recommendations for action by policymakers and other stakeholders.

The book is divided into two parts. The first part deals with global soil issues (Chapters 1 to 8). This is followed by a more specific assessment of regional soil change, covering in turn Africa South of the Sahara, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Near East and North Africa, North America, the Southwest Pacific and Antarctica. (Chapters 9 to 16). The technical and executive summaries are published separately.

650 pages

Publication Details

  • Published: 2015
  • Publisher: FAO