Webinar “Soil Biodiversity: a nature-based solution!”
Representatives of the Institute participated in a webinar entitled "Soil Biodiversity: a nature-based solution!”, which was organized by the Food and Agriculture оrganization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Global Soil Partnership Secretariat and held on May 22nd, 2020, on the World Biodiversity Day. (Website: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/en/).
Soil biodiversity has a key role in the functioning of the Earth's ecosystem. Soil is, however, the largest reservoir of global biodiversity. Soils are habitats for as many as 90% of organisms during their life cycle. In addition to improving soil conditions for healthy food production, soil biodiversity also contributes to many other ecosystem services, such as stabilizing greenhouse gases or controlling the outbreak of human, animal and plant diseases. Soil biodiversity is an important source of genetic resources for biotechnological and medical innovations, while the loss of soil biodiversity is considered one of the main threats to soil survival in general. Despite the tremendous scientific advances made to date, the protection and monitoring of soil resources face complex challenges at the national and global level, which limits the design and implementation of practical policies and activities.
The webinar was attended by more than 1000 participants from 146 countries, mostly researchers in agroecology and pedobiology.
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