The Global Symposium on Soil Pollution GSOP 18 was jointly organized by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP), Intergovernmental Panel on Soils (ITPS), together with the Secretariats of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, UN Environment and World Health Organization (WHO) as a neutral platform to bring the best scientific information available on the status, trends and actions on soil pollution. The event held at FAO Headquarter in Rome, Italy and was attended by 522 delegates from 100 countries across the world. The Symposium was recognized as a first step in implementation the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management in terms of preventing and reducing harmful substances in soil as a way to maintain healthy soils in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals. The Symposium’s outcomes provide scientific evidence to support actions and decisions to prevent and reduce soil pollution for increasing food safety, nutrition, ecosystem services and promote the restoration of polluted sites. As anticipated during GSOP18, the symposium will produce a scientific outcome document “Be the Solution to Soil Pollution” which will highlight the role of soil pollution and sustainable soil management in meeting the food security and sustainable development agendas. The document will present the main recommendations discussed and agreed during the symposium. stay tuned for our next communication campaign for the World Soil Day 5th December 2018 – whose theme will be “Be the solution to soil pollution”.
Two oral presentations delivered at the Symposium introduced the current results of G4687 to the broad public, i.e: the report “Sustainable soil management of polluted military sites by phytostabilization with biomass production using biofuel crop Miscanthusxgiganteus” was presented by prof. Pidlisnyuk at the session “Drivers of soil pollution in non-agricultural soils” led by Luca Montanarella, Chair ITPS, Joint Research Centre, European Commission. The another report “The development and preliminary assessment of using the biological indicators to evaluate the soil quality under Miscanthusxgiganteus production at the contaminated abandoned sites” was presented by Dr.Stefanovska at the session “Monitoring soil pollution” led by prof. Peter de Ruiter, Wageningen University, Netherland.
While at the event prof. Pidlisnyuk and Dr.Stefanovska had a number of discussions with Symposium participants, i.e.: Dr.Ana Paya-Perez, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Italy; Mr.John Vijgen, Director of International HCH Forum, Denmark; prof. Ivan Holoubek, Masarik University, Czech Republic; Dr.Tamara Kukharchuk, Institute for Nature Management, Belarus; Dr.Luka Montanarella, Director of ITPS and Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Italy; prof. Gary Pierzinsky, Kansas State University, USA.
At the working lunch with Mr.Marko Colangeli, Programmer Advisor, FAO the possibility of cooperation in research related to energy crops cycles was discussed. The results of G4687 was informally introduced to delegates from Columbia, Portugal, Ukraine and Italy.
Prof. Pidlisnyuk and Dr. Stefanovska had a number of working discussions regarding the G4687 current activities and issues on patenting the scientific results. They also worked on the manuscript regarding the impact of PGR to miscanthus biomass production to be submitted for publication as outcome of the Symposium.