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The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) is the global union of soil scientists. The objectives of the IUSS are to promote all branches of soil science, and to support all soil scientists across the world in the pursuit of their activities. This website provides information for IUSS members and those interested in soil science.

Meeting reports 2016 onwards

Below are reports of soil science meetings; please notify us when you have a report of a meeting not listed here.

14. February 2016

Symposium: Global Soil Biodiversity: A Common Ground for Sustainability

Washington DC

The International Year of Soils 2015 is coming to an end and it has been an amazing year of soil-related events. With the release of the first Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas planned for early in the new year, the global Soil Biodiversity Initiative proposes to make 2016 the Year of the Atlas! The GSBI will be hosting a launch event in Washington DC on Feb 14, 2016, in combination with a symposium Global Soil Biodiversity: A Common Ground for Sustainability

Information
Contact
AAAS Website

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26. February 2016

Tea Bag Index Workshop Outline 2016

University of Reading, United Kingdom

The Tea Bag Index is a standardised method to measure organic matter decomposition rates in soil. It can be used as reference material in scientific decomposition experiments and for citizen science.
More details of which can be found by following the links below:
Info Teabag Index Decolab
Info Teabag Index
Workshop details
Contact

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02., 03., 04. March 2016

ICD 2016 - First International Conference on Dust

Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Iran

Submission articles deadline: 2015-10-22
Conference website: http://www.ICD2016.ir
Second announcement: Download

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07., 08., 09., 10. March 2016

Global Ravines Conference

Gwalior, India

Conference website: http://www.grc16.org.in
First circular: Download

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14., 15., 16., 17., 18. March 2016

40th annual conference of Soil Science Society of Nigeria

University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

Promoting use of Nigeria’s Soil Resources for Sustainable Ecosystem Services, Climate-Smart Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security
Contact
Website
Programm

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15., 16., 17. March 2016

Intersol 2016 – International Conference-Exhibition on Soils, Sediment and Water

Lille, France

Polluted sites and soils and health risks – Diagnosis and Solutions: how far can we go?
Abstract deadline: November 4, 2015

Event website: http://www.intersol.fr

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02., 03., 04., 05. May 2016

ICASS 2016 - 1st International Conference on Advances in Soil Sciences in 2016

Alexandria, Egypt

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03., 04., 05., 06., 07., 08., 09., 10., 11., 12., 13. May 2016

Spring school on mapping and assessment of soils

Wageningen Campus, Netherlands

ISRIC – World Soil Information will organise a Spring School on digital soil mapping, classifica­tion and assessment for soil and environmental scientists, students, soil experts and profes­sionals in natural resources management. The spring school will take place at the Wageningen Campus in the Netherlands and will consist of two five-day courses that are run in parallel.
For more information and registration: http://springschool.isric.org

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26., 27., 28. May 2016

Workshop on Archaeological Soil Micromorphology

Brno, Czech Republic

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31. May and 01., 02. June 2016

International Conference on Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Land Use

Budapest, Hungary

Conference website: http://caslu2016.mtafki.hu/

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12., 13., 14., 15., 16. June 2016

IUSS CONFERENCES - Commission 3.2: SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION Commission 3.6: SALT AFFECTED SOILS

Lleida, Spain

Information: Download

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15., 16., 17., 18. June 2016

The 8th International Conference

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Conference website: http://essc2016.conference.ubbcluj.ro/

Deadline for abstract submission is extended to February 15, 2016

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26., 27., 28., 29., 30. June 2016

International Summer School: Advanced methods and new integrated approaches to study soil processes in mountain ecosystems

Alpine Study Centre of Pieve Tesino TN, Italy

Application until February 15, 2016 at http://www.sensfor-cost.eu/
Programme: http://www.iuss.org/files/poster_summer_school.pdf

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27., 28., 29., 30. June and 01. July 2016

7th Global Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping

Århus, Denmark

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27., 28., 29. June 2016

19th Nitrogen Workshop

Skara, Sweden

19th Nitrogen Workshop
We invite you to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentation at the workshop. For more information, visit our Website

Deadline for abstract submission is Februar 3rd.
Please distribute this information to colleagues and other potential delegates!

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28., 29., 30. June and 01., 02., 03., 04., 05., 06., 07. July 2016

16th International Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2016

Flamingo Grand Congress Center, Albena Resort, Bulgaria

Conference website: http://www.sgem.org

Abstract submission deadline – March 25th
Workshop proposals deadline – April 10th

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12., 13., 14., 15., 16., 17., 18., 19. July 2016

XXIII ISPRS Congress

Prague, Czech Republic

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17., 18., 19., 20., 21., 22., 23. July 2016

8th International Acid Sulfate Soil Conference

College Park, Maryland, USA

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17., 18., 19., 20., 21., 22. July 2016

Eurosoil 2016

Istanbul, Turkey

Conference website: http://www.eurosoil2016istanbul.org/

Abstract submission is possible till November 15

We will have a symposium entitled ‘Soil Classification – a tool for understanding soil genesis, creating soil maps and deriving soil functions. Experiences with the third edition of WRB (2014) and other soil classification systems’.
Convener: Peter Schad / co-convener: Cezary Kabala

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18., 19., 20., 21., 22., 23., 24., 25., 26., 27., 28. July 2016

Edafología aplicada sobre los suelos del tropico mexicano

Yucatán, Campeche, Tabasco y Chiapas in Mexico

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24., 25., 26., 27., 28. July 2016

Enzymes in the Environment: Activity, Ecology and Applications

Bangor, Wales

Information

Early Discount Registration Deadline: April 29

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01., 02., 03., 04., 05., 06., 07., 08., 09., 10., 11., 12. August 2016

Course on Soil Mineralogy and Micromorphology 16th Edition

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Conferece website: http://epg.agro.uba.ar

Contact: Prof. Morrás

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15., 16., 17., 18., 19. August 2016

15th International Peat Congress 2016 (IPC 2016)

Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Peatlands in Harmony – Agriculture, Industry & Nature

Congress website: http://www.ipc2016.com

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16., 17., 18., 19. August 2016

The 3rd International Conference on Hydropedology

Beijing, China

Conference website: http://hydropedology2016.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/1

Abstract deadline: March 1st, 2016

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22., 23., 24., 25., 26. August 2016

Sustainable Management of soil and water resources - Issues for natural disasters prevention

Belgrade, Serbia

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22., 23., 24., 25., 26. August 2016

International Colloquium on Soil Zoology (ICSZ)

Nara Kasugano International Forum IRAKA, Nara City, Japan

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22., 23., 24., 25., 26. August 2016

The XVII International Colloquium on Soil Zoology

Japan

XVII International Colloquium on Soil Zoology (ICSZ), and XIV Internatnial Colloquium on Apterygota (ICA)
Soil zoologists have long been studying taxonomy, evolution, ecology and ecosystem functioning of soil animals. Now there are substantial number of evidences that not only soil microorganisms but also soil animals are major players of supporting vital soil, so considering how to conserve soil animals and hence improve soil quality are urgent needs for sustainable soil management. Already more than 200 abstracts have been submitted to these colloquia by the scientists from 32counties.

IUSS Division 2 (Chair Prof. K. Inubushi, Chiba University) kindly supported the young scientists from developing countries to attend this meeting.

On the last day (26 August), we will have a joint symposium by ICSZ and ICA as a outreach of our recent advancement of soil zoology and Apterygota biology.

Details are available on the web page http://soilzoology.jp/icsz_ica2016/

Contact: 2016nara@soilzoology.jp

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25., 26., 27. August 2016

Agricultural Sciences and Food Technology for Sustainable Productivity and Nutritional Security

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

For more details about the conference registration, abstract submission and for the submission of application towards FSAB and SAB Annual Awards, write your interest with detailed CV to thanga.sabt@gmail.com

On behalf of the conference organizing committee, I invite you and your colleagues to submit an abstract for participation to asft.sabt@gmail.com and application for SAB awards.

Please visit www.sabt.org.in/asft-india/ for further details of the conference.

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27., 28., 29., 30., 31. August and 01., 02., 03., 04. September 2016

35th International Congress of the Geological Sciences (IUGS) and the International Geological Congress Congress (IGC)

Cape Town, South Africa

Congress website: http://www.35igc.org

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended: Monday 29 February at midnight, UTC/GMT +2 hours.
For details and submissions: http://www.35igc.org/Verso/211/Submit-an-Abstract

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28., 29., 30., 31. August and 01. September 2016

6th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC

Davos, Switzerland

“Integrative Risk Management – towards resilient cities”

Conference website: http://idrc.info/

Deadline abstract submission: May 16th

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31. August and 02., 03. September 2016

International Scientific Conference „Conserving Soils and Water 2016

Burgas, Bulgaria, Sarafovo district, Atlantis hotel

More information about the Conference is available on the conference Webiste:www.conserving-soils.eu
The programme of the conference is elaborated in such a way, that it gives the possibility of relaxation, amusements and becoming acquainted with the cultural, historical and natural sights of the Black Sea.

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01., 02. September 2016

Interactions of soil biological and soil physical processes

Germany, Braunschweig

The Commission I „Soil Physics and Soil Hydrology“ of the German Soil Science Society and the Commission 2.1 „Soil Physics“ of IUSS will organize a workshop with a focus on the influence of biological, chemical and physical factors on mechanical and hydraulic properties of soil.

Website
Download folder

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05., 06., 07., 08., 09. September 2016

Organic Phosphorus Workshop 2016

Lake District, England

Deadline for abstract submissions: 30th April 2016;
Deadline for Early Bird Registration: 31st May 2016.
Workshop website: http://op2016.com

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06., 07., 08. September 2016

Conservation Agriculture Conference 2016

ATKV Drakensville, South Africa

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07., 08. September 2016

Soil, Security and Society - Conference of the British Society of Soil Science/Soil Security Programme (SSP)

University of Reading, Berkshire, UK

Conference website: http://www.soils.org.uk/event/920

Notice: Abstract submission is Monday 4th July 2016

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12., 13. September 2016

International conference on contaminated sites

Bratislava, Slovakia

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14., 15. September 2016

European Mineral Fertilizer Summit

London

Hear industry experts examine the causes and consequences of the changing landscape considering regional demand and possible outcomes that may reshape the market in years to come.
Read more

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16., 18. September 2016

The 26th International Symposium: Soil Forming Factors and Processes from the Temperate Zone

Iași, Romania

Soil science and archaeology: research methods and perspectives
Information

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21., 22., 23. September 2016

1st RemTech Europe - European Conference on remediation markets and technologies

Ferrara, Italy

Conference Website http://www.remtechexpo.com

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26., 27., 28., 29. September 2016

FACEing the future | food production and ecosystems

Giessen, Germany

Please note that online registration is now available and submissions for oral presentations and posters are called for
For more detailed information and to submit an abstract please visit the conference Webpage

Take advantage and register early to avoid the additional late registration charge and at the same time book your accommodation to secure the especially arranged conference rates and room availability.
Read more

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26., 27., 28., 29., 30. September 2016

INSPIRE Conference 2016

Barcelona, Spain

Conference website: http://inspire2016.icgc.cat/

Abstract submission until May 16th!

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28., 29., 30. September 2016

Young Soil Scientist Workshop / Encuentro de Jóvenes Investigadores en Ciencias del Suelo

Valdivia, Chile

Workshop website: http://www.cisvo.cl/ejics/

Contact: josedorner@uach.cl

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03., 04., 05., 06., 07. October 2016

PhD-Level Course On Soil-Landscape Modelling

Wageningen, The Netherlands

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05., 06., 07. October 2016

ISHS Symposium 2016 Sensing Plant Water Status - Methods and Applications in Horticultural Science

Potsdam, Germany

Website: http://www.spws2016.atb-potsdam.de
Download Information

Early registration will end at June 30, 2016 – Deadline for abstract submission is March 15, 2016.

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06., 07. October 2016

Geosciences 2016 – “Geosciences and Policies: Economy & Culture in a Changing World

Orlando, USA

Conferences Series LLC invites all the participants from all over the world to attend Global Summit on Geosciences. The theme of Geosciences conferences is “Geosciences and Policies: Economy & Culture in a Changing World” which extensively covers all aspects on scientific and technical advances in the field of geosciences and geomatics ranging from the integration of instruments, methodologies and technologies to their use in earth sciences, environmental engineering and other natural sciences. The main objective of the conference is to bring together leading Academicians, Scientists, researchers, graduate students from the field of Geosciences, Geological Sciences, Meteorology, , Atmospheric Sciences, Global warming, Environmental Sciences, GIS & Remote Sensing and others whose interest is to promote Earth Science education at the school, college and unive rsity levels, and among the general public.
Special benefits to IUSS attendees due to a mutual agreement:
- Participation certificates issued to all speakers, students/delegates,
- Special discounts on accommodation,
- Complete registration waive off for all the attendees.

For speaker slots, please contact: geosciences@insightconferences.com
Read more

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17., 18., 19. October 2016

Sustainable Development of Soil and Water Resources in Nile Basin Countries

Cairo

The Arab Republic of Egypt, the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology & National Committee of Soil Science Organize this International Conference for Nile Basin Countries.

Programme

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20. October 2016

LANDMARK interactive workshop for EU stakeholders

COPA-COGECA, Rue de Treves 61, Brussels, Belgium

Are you getting what you want from land?
Policy options for competing demands on soil functions
Project website: http://landmark2020.eu/
Invitation letter
Draft agenda

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24., 25., 26., 27., 28. October 2016

XXI Congress of Latin American Soil Science Society

Quito, Ecuador

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24., 25., 26., 27. October 2016

IUFRO Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania Forest environment under changing climates and societies

Beijing, China

Conference website: http://www.iufro-ao2016.org

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25., 26., 27. October 2016

Soil Improvement and Resource Utilization

Guangzhou Circle Building, Guangzhou, China

Organizer: Guangdong Institute of World Soil Resources
For more information, please check: http://hdxy.cn/yth/yth-en/index.html
Contact: info.giwsr@yahoo.com

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09., 10., 11. November 2016

SOMmic - Microbial Contribution and Impact on Soil Organic Matter, Structure and Genesis

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

Contents and aims:
There is increasing evidence that microbial bio- and necromass are significant parts of SOM, interacting with soil minerals. The control of SOM forming processes via microbial activity and community dynamics in dependence on biodiversity and functional redundancy is largely unknown. Omics technologies and chemical analysis of complex mixtures, multi-isotope approaches and imaging techniques offer new research opportunities. Also latest modelling approaches, e.g. in systems ecology and environmental thermodynamics, open up new vistas to study the outlined topic. We invite presentations on recent findings, methodological challenges, and innovative concepts to the workshop and expect inspiring discussion.
Workshop structure and invited speaker
From Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1 pm until Friday, Nov. 11, 12 am, we will have five sessions and five keynote speakers:
• Significant boundary conditions, micro-habitats and micro-habitat properties, processes of succession, and systems fluctuations – what can we learn from the marine microbial pump concept?
• Who are the relevant actors and drivers and in which micro-habitats or „hot spots“ do they appear?
• Molecular processes and components interacting with SOM and soil minerals – turnover steady state or residual `inert´ material?
• What is the contribution of methods and modelling approaches from systems biology/ecology to understanding SOM in the soil system?
• Modelling approaches for the integration of process components.
Keynote speakers:
Teri Balser, Curtin University, Perth; Markus Kleber, Oregon State University; Joshua P. Schimel, Univ. of Santa Barbara; Mary Firestone, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Claire Chenu, Centre AgroParisTech, Paris/Grignon

Deadline for abstract submission: 31st August
Check information at www.bodenkunde.uni-trier.de (Klick on the button Workshop SOMmic)

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10., 11., 12., 13. November 2016

International Conference on “Integrated Land Use Planning for Smart Agriculture”

Nagpur, India

Conference 2nd circular: Download

Conference website: http://www.icilupsa2016.org

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20., 21., 22., 23., 24., 25. November 2016

IUSS InterCongress Meeting 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Congress website: http://www.21wcss.org/ic2016/index.php

Please note: Reduced registration fee until Oct. 20, latest registration until Nov. 15

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27., 28., 29., 30. November and 01., 02., 03., 04., 05. December 2016

15th International Conference on Soil Micromorphology

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City

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28. November 2016

Launch of the Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas & Symposium

French Academy of Agriculture & European Commission, Paris, France

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28., 29., 30. November 2016

African Soil Seminar

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), United Nations Avenue, Nairobi

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01., 02., 03., 04., 05., 06., 07. December 2016

IUSS Commission 1.4: Soil Classification Meeting

Bloemfontein, South Africa

Four day pre-congress tour and a three day congress
Website: http://scc16.co.za

   

IUSS Commission 1.4: Soil Classification Meeting Bloemfontein, South Africa

Download   scc16_report_01_iuss.pdf - 127 kB
   
Meeting report

   

IUSS Commission 1.4: Soil Classification Meeting Bloemfontein, South Africa

Download   scc16_report_03_programme.pdf - 226 kB
   
Meeting Programme

   

IUSS Commission 1.4: Soil Classification Meeting Bloemfontein, South Africa

Download   scc16_report_02_field_guide.pdf - 5 MB
   
Field Guide

   

IUSS Commission 1.4: Soil Classification Meeting Bloemfontein, South Africa

Download   scc16_report_04_chavez.pdf - 3 MB
   
Report Biol. Silvia Chávez Castellanos

   

IUSS Commission 1.4: Soil Classification Meeting Bloemfontein, South Africa

Download   scc16_report_05_cruz.pdf - 17 MB
   
Report Carlos Omar Cruz Gaistardo

   

IUSS Commission 1.4: Soil Classification Meeting Bloemfontein, South Africa

Download   scc16_report_06_nikiforova.pdf - 249 kB
   
Report Aleksandra Nikiforova

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05., 06. December 2016

More Science-Society interfaces for a global soil security

Paris

The 2nd Global Soil Security Conference aims to demonstrate that soil, this highly pressurized and crucial resource, is indispensable partner to meet sustainable development goals. The demonstration will be done by linking businesses, practitioners, policymakers and researchers on soil security dimensions through good working practices, business solutions, scientific outcomes and international initiatives that enhance protection and sustainable management of soils.
We invite you to join us to learn from and share your experiences from land management, business, policy and local practice!
Information, registration and submission: https://gssparisen.wordpress.com/

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05. December 2016

Soil Stakeholders\' conference - Save the date

Brussels, Belgium

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05. December 2016

Soils: The Foundation of Life; NAS Soils Workshop

Washington, D.C., USA

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08. December 2016

2016 World Soil Day Celebration in Italy

Please download the file or watch the video for more information.

   

2016 World Soil Day Celebration in Italy

Download   world_soil_day_2016_italy_report_.pdf - 413 kB
   

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08. December 2016

Mondial Day of the Soils

Paris, France