WORLD SOIL DAY AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF SOIL


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The Soil Science Discipline of Khulna University has observed the International Year of Soil on 2015. With this we celebrate World Soil Day on 5th December every year. The theme for this year set by FAO was “Soils a solid ground for life”. It aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in our lives. Soils have been neglected for too long in spite of being the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for services to ecosystems and human well-being. Soil, the reservoir for at least a quarter of global biodiversity, requires the same attention as above-ground biodiversity. Soils play a key role in the supply of clean water and resilience to floods and droughts. The largest store of terrestrial carbon is in the soil so that its preservation may contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The maintenance or enhancement of global soil resources is essential if humanity’s need for food, water, and energy security is to be met.