Recognizing that soil, as the primary basis for all terrestrial biodiversity, has until recently been largely ignored in international fora and by national governments, except in the context of desertification.
Understanding that the lack of consideration of soil represents a substantial gap in global policy making on the environment and that soil, as a vital biological resource demands urgent and specific protection on the same level as other environmental regimes, in particular biological diversity and climate change.
Accepting that it is necessary to initiate an integrated approach to soil conservation, soil security and sustainable use of soil and which takes soil into account within the multilateral environmental regimes of desertification, biological diversity and climate change.
Recalling the objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification, to be pursued in accordance with its relevant provisions, to combat desertification, mitigate effects of drought, use long-term strategies that focus on improving productivity of land, rehabilitation, conservation and sustainable management of land and water resources, leading to improved living conditions, in particular at the community level;
Recognizing that over 70 percent of the world’s pastoral lands are severely affected by soil degradation and in view of their contributions to climate change adaptation and mitigation, disaster risk management, biodiversity protection, and sustainable agriculture and rural development;
Taking into account the text adopted at the sitting of the European...