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International Network on Soil Pollution | Launch event | 22 April 2022


Soil pollution may be invisible to the human eye, but it limits a soil’s capacity to produce safe and nutritious food and the provision of essential ecosystem services.

On 22 April 2022 from 12:00 to 15:00 CEST, as part of FAO’s observance of International Mother Earth Day, FAO’s Global Soil Partnership is pleased to invite you to the launch event of the International Network on Soil Pollution “Channelling collective actions towards Zero Pollution” to be held online on the Zoom platform.

The 3-hour meeting will open with a panel to set the scene and will continue with technical sessions introducing the International Network on Soil Pollution (INSOP), and defining its objectives, governance, and priority activities.

Make sure you register so you can access the recordings, presentations and all report-related links here.

After the opening remarks, the governance aspects of INSOP will be discussed. Participants will be invited to endorse the Network’s mission, objectives and goals, and the Terms of Reference (ToRs) for the INSOP Chair and Vice-Chair. The technical discussion on the objectives and priorities of INSOP will focus on 4 fundamental aspects:

1.    Assessment of soil contaminants;
2.    Mapping of soil pollution for informed decision making;
3.    Monitoring and regulation of polluted soils;
4.    Sustainable management and remediation of polluted soils.

Afterwards, cooperation between INSOP and other FAO-GSP technical networks will be explored.

Have a look at the draft agenda and concept note of the event.



INSOP aims to #StopSoilPollution and achieve the global goal of Zero Pollution. To this end, INSOP works to improve knowledge on the full cycle of soil pollution, from assessment to remediation, on the effect on environmental and human health and the provision of a wide range of ecosystem services. The Network also aims at strengthening technical capacities and reinforcing national and regional legislative frameworks for the prevention of soil pollution. It will also act as a knowledge hub for the exchange of good practices and cutting-edge technologies for the sustainable management and decontamination of polluted soils.


Are you a GSP Focal point, a policymaker, a soil scientist, an expert on soil pollution, a member of an NGO or farmer association concerned about this global problem and willing to learn more about soil pollution prevention? Do you work on prevention, risk assessment, monitoring or remediation of soil pollution? Don’t miss this opportunity and join other experts in taking concrete actions against soil pollution! You can join the network by filling-in the online form and thus contribute to the Network and be kept updated on INSOP activities.
For any questions, please write to Natalia.RodriguezEugenio@fao.org and Sergejus.Ustinov@fao.org.