World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on 5 December, which also corresponds with the official birthday of the late H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, who was one of the main proponents of this initiative.
The Secretariat initiated an internal seminar to raise awareness for and commemorate relevant environment-related days while stimulating discussion among staff on key environmental issues. As part of the internal seminar celebrating the WSD, Mr. Chencho Norbu shared his experiences in the field of soil science as well as the development and implementation of sustainable land management projects in Bhutan.
In the seminar, it was emphasized that bio-physical information acts as a strong baseline that can be used as a reference during project formulation. Mr. Chencho also shared about the importance of participatory processes that engage diverse levels of stakeholders, including local farmers and staff in charge of project development. Excessive reliance on external resources may later result in stakeholders losing ownership and not learning valuable knowledge and experiences from the process.
Learn more about World Soil Day
World Soil Day is deliberated as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources. An international day to celebrate Soil was recommended by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in 2002. The FAO Conference unanimously endorsed World Soil Day in June 2013 and the 68th UN General Assembly designated 5 December 2014 as the first official World Soil Day.