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International Year of Soils 2015

Information material

Maps and publications

Donnez une seconde via à un sol pollué ! / Geef een verontreinigde bodem een tweede leven!

Brochure directed at property owners with practical guidance on the management and remediation of contaminated soils (in French and Dutch)

Bruxelles Environnement / Leefmilieu Brussel


Taxonomický klasifikační system půd ČR

Taxonomic classification system of soils in Czech Republic (in Czech)

Czech Society of Soil Science et. al.


Clean soil – A framework for tackling soil contamination

Introduction into soil remediation in Denmark, offering a framework for tackling soil contamination

Danish Ministry for the Environment, State of Green, et. al.


La bonne gestion des sols agricoles : un enjeu de société

Note on the necessity of sound soil management policies (in French)

Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC/CESE)


The factory of life – why soil biodiversity is so important

Brochure on the importance of biodiversity for healthy soils

European Commission



Guidebook for authorities and organisations on successful soil awareness-raising activities (in German)

Federal Environmental Agency of Germany (UBA)


Der Schatz unter unseren Füßen

Educational brochure explaining the value and functions of soils (in German)

aid infodienst Ernährung, Landwirtschaft, Verbraucherschutz e. V


Grundlagen zur Bodenfruchtbarkeit / Les principes de la fertilité des sols

Brochure on organic farming principles helping maintain soil fertility (available in German and French)

Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FIBL)


Pôdny portál

Collection of scientific information on agricultural land in Slovakia (in Slovak)

Soil Science and Conservation Research Institute (VÚPOP)


A common ground for clean soil - mapping of the Danish soil and groundwater remediation sector

Report on Danish competencies in the field of remediation

State of Green, Danish Soil Partnership, et. al.


Magyarország talajai

Website elaborating on soil types and soil formation in Hungary (in Hungarian)

Talajvédelmi Alapítvány (Soil Conservation Foundation)



Educational paper with background articles and infographic on the protection and depletion of soil resources, and the link between permafrost soils and climate change

movum – Briefe zur Transformation


Mednarodno leto tal 2015 (International Year of Soils 2015)

Slovenian calendar dedicated to the International Year of Soils (in Slovenian)

Agricultural Institute of Slovenia


Anul 2015 - Anul Internaţional al Solurilor (2015 – International Year of Soils)

Online inventory on Romanian resources on soils (in Romanian)

Biblioteca Stiintifica Universitara Balti


Flächenrecycling in Hamburg - Umgang mit Untergrundverunreinigungen / Land redevelopment in Hamburg - Handling of soil and groundwater contamination

Brochure of European Green Capital Hamburg 2011 on site remediation and brownfield redevelopment (available in German and in English)

City of Hamburg


Danish soil profiles

Online inventory of Danish soil profiles with links to factsheets (in Danish)

Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences


Typy půdy v České republice (Soil types in Czech Republic)
Infographic on the composition and proportions of different soil types in Czech Republic, including industrial and agricultural land in Czech regions and figures on drought and flooding (in Czech)


ELD case studies
List of case studies from locations across the world on the economic impact of land degradation
Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative


Soil Management
Knowledge platform on soil fertility management in Africa initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Food & Business Knowledge Platform


Οδηγίες δειγματοληψίας εδάφους (Soil sampling instructions)
Sheets with instructions on soil sampling (in Greek)
Institute of Soil Science Thessaloniki


Soils: Introducing the World Beneath Our Feet
Free, online introductory course on soils, their biodiversity and human impact on soils
Lancaster University


Rädda åkermarken innan det är för sent! (Save Farmland Before it’s too late!)
Brochure on the preservation of farmland (in Swedish)
Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (Naturskyddsföreningen)


Build or preserve? – Socio-economic factors in local physical planning of farm land
Study into urban sprawl the decisions of municipalities to build on arable land (in Swedish, with English summary)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


Jordbruksmark i förändring - Drivkrafter bakom och förutsättningar för offentlig styrning i Sverige och Norge
(Agricultural land use change in Sweden and Norway - An analysis of driving forces and the potential to influence change through policy)

Analysis of driving forces for agricultural land use change in Sweden and Norway (in Swedish, with English summary)
University of Gothenburg - Department of Geography, Department of Economy and Society


Soil factsheets
Series of factsheets describing the role of soil for biodiversity, food production etc.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Soil infographics
Series of infographics on the importance of soil for food production, biodiversity etc.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity
Overview of soil biodiversity
European Commission


Fact sheets
Factsheets on soil sealing, soil contamination and fertile soils
IASS, Global Soil Week


Hard surfaces, hidden costs
Outline on the consequences of soil sealing
European Commission


Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production
Factsheet on the importance of soils for food security
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


ISRIC SoilInfo
Mobile application that gives predictions on soil properties and classifications
ISRIC World Soil Information


JRC Soil Maps of Europe
Directory of soil maps of Europe per country
Joint Research Centre


La perte de biodiversité - La vie dans le sol, trésor méconnu
Factsheets on soil biodiversity (in French)
Service public de Wallonie


PROSOIL factsheets
Factsheets on soil types, minerals in forage, earthworms, soil analysis and mesofauna
Aberystwyth University / PROSOIL project


Save our Soils Toolkit
Communication materials
Save our Soils


Soil Atlas
Facts and figures about earth, land and fields in Germany, Europe and the world
IASS, Heinrich Böll Foundation


Soil is a non-renewable resource
Infographic about the world’s soil resources
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Soil - Reflections on the Basis of our Existence
Book that mixes science and personal stories about soils by author Håkan Wallander
Håkan Wallander/Springer


Map that shows soil types across in England
Cranfield University


Soil - the hidden part of the climate cycle
Outline of the importance of soils for the climate
European Commission


SoilTReC factsheets
Three factsheets on soils
SoilTReC project


Summer of Soil
Panels of the exhibition Summer of Soil
Summer of Soil


Teaming with Microbes - A Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web
Book about healthy soils and soil biodiversity in gardening (available in Dutch and French translation)
Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis


UK Soil Observatory
Maps, apps and resources
UK Soil Observatory


Un sol gorgé de vie à protéger!
Factsheets on soil biodiversity (in French)
Service public de Wallonie


What on Earth - Soil health explained
Brochure on soil health

James Hutton Institute


Grounding the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Options for the protection of our precious soil and land resources
Document that discusses the role of soils in achieving several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Institute for Advances Sustainability Studies (IASS), Global Soil Forum


Soil is a non-renewable resource
Factsheet about soil degradation
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


La Terre en Morceaux
Documentary about the loss of farmland at the expense of urban development (in French)


La journée mondiale des sols – Les webinaires
Series of ten scientific webinars presenting soils from various perspectives, hosted by different experts (in French)
Association Française pour l'Étude du Sol (AFES)


BBC Inside Science: International Year of Soils
Radio broadcast dedicated to the International Year of Soils, featuring discussions on the findings of new soil biodiversity research and opportunities of carbon storage


An Introduction to Soil Security
Video on the importance of soil and its crucial role for the water cycle and the climate carbon
British Society of Soil Science, James Hutton Institute, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Lancaster University


An Introduction to Cultural Soil Heritage
Video explaining how soils offer information about past human activity
British Society of Soil Science, James Hutton Institute, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Lancaster University


Land und Leute - Boden ist die Basis unseres Lebens

TV broadcast about an Austrian municipality seeking to prevent the loss of land due to urbanisation (in German)



Heute Leben - Bodenwoche
TV broadcast about soil protection and depleting soil resources in Austria (in German)


La science au chevet des sols
Awareness raising report  on the function of soil biodiversity in agriculture (in French)


Dobra ura z Boštjanom
Slovenian talk show where TV host Boštjan Klun invites soil scientists of the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia and the Department of Geography of the University of Ljubljana with their tools in the studio (in Slovenian)


Glasovi Svetovi
Radio broadcast on World Soil Day 2013 about the depletion of global soil resources (in Slovenian)


Podobe znanja
Interview with soil scientist Borut Vrščaj of the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia on soil science, ecology and soil protection (in Slovenian)


Water movement in the soil
Video showing the basic principles governing water flows in different soils
Université de Liège, Gembloux Agro Bio Tech


Better Save Soil
Video on the depletion of the world’s fertile soils


Bioturbation - Worms at Work
Time lapse movie showing the activity of earthworms during one month
Wim van Egmond / Marie Curie Alumni


Dutch documentary about five farmers and their attempts to manage their land and soil more sustainably (in Dutch)
Initiatief Bewust Bodemgebruik


Dissesto Italia
Multimedia project on landslides (in Italian)
National Council of Geologists


Global Soil Week videos
Videos on soils and the International Year of Soils 2015
Global Soil Week


Inside Science
Broadcast of the BBC radio programme Inside Science on the International Year of Soils
BBC Radio


Let’s talk about soil
Animated video about the world’s soil resources
Global Soil Week


Nature is Speaking – Edward Norton is The Soil
Conservation International


Nederland van Onderen
Interviews about the International Year of Soils with three soil experts on Dutch radio (in Dutch)
NPO Radio 1


Open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union
Directory of images of different types of soils
European Geosciences Union


Send your friends a postcard
Postcard to make others aware of the importance of soils
Soil Association Online


Stop! Al consumo di suolo in Italia
Video about soil resources in Italy (in Italian)
ISPRA - Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale


Soil counts - preserve it!
Animated video on the depletion of soils
Economics of Land Degredation (ELD) initiative


Soils – What is it good for?
2015 calendar that outlines the functions of soil
Joint Research Centre (JRC)


The Value of Soil
Animated video on the value of land as a resource
Economics of Land Degredation (ELD) initiative


TV documentary about soil biodiversity (in German)


Why is 2015 the International Year of Soils?
Introduction to the importance of soils and the International Year of Soils 2015
British Society of Soil Science


Estonian soils
Image gallery with profiles and pictures of different soil types (in Estonian)
Soil Museum of the Estonian University of Life Science


Soil 101
Animated video that outlines the main soil functions and the threats that confront them
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Soils: a hidden resource
Animated video about soil degradation, urbanisation, land grabbing and the overexploitation of soils
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Under Boden, wir stehen drauf!
Soil protection in the Austrian region of Lower Austria, including news, a calendar and background information on soils
ARGE Donauländer, NÖ Agrarbezirksbehörde


Jaar van de bodem
Dutch activities in the framework of the International Year of Soils (in Dutch)
Initiatief Bewust Bodem Gebruik et. al.


UN - Jahr des Bodens
Website section dedicated to the International Year of Soils, including background information, a calendar and a list of interesting visits (in German)
Federal Environment Agency of Germany (UBA)


Flemish website dedicated to the International Year of Soils with background information, news and a calendar (in Dutch)
Flemish Government, Openbare Vlaamse Afvalstoffenmaatschappij (OVAM)



Website section with basic information on soils, including soil formation, erosion, humus, carbon storage and soil protection in the Alps (in German)

Naturland Niederösterreich


Suelos 2015
Spanish contribution to  the International Year of Soils with background information, news, a calendar, videos and materials (in Spanish)
Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Sociedad Española de la Ciencia del Suelo (SECS)


Organic farming information portal discussing the pivotal role of fertile (in German)


Die Bodenplattform
Comprehensive information on soils and soil-related activities in Austria (in German)
Österreichische Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft


The Dirt Doctors
Blog by soil scientists who write in an amusing way about their research activities
PhD students in Cranfield University’s Soil and Agrifood Institute


Presentation of the outcomes of a research project on soil fertility (in German)
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FIBL)


Themenseite Boden
Website section with background information, news and links (in German)
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FIBL)


TILMAN-ORG / FertilCrop
Project on reduced tillage and green manures for sustainable organic cropping systems  (project ended in 2014)
TILMAN-ORG project / FertilCrop project


Urban Soil Management Strategy - Overview of project results
Website containing the outputs of the Urban Soil Management Strategy project, including management strategies, handbooks and software tools (project ended in 2012)
URBAN Soil Management Strategy project


Common Soil
Vision of an international learning centre for regenerative agriculture, land restoration, regional food systems and land stewardship that aims to inspire the next generations of farmers and citizens to become stewards of living soil.


This blog aims to bring soil science into the public eye, detailing the latest research in the field, straight from the scientists!
Soil System Sciences Division (SSSD) of the European Geosciences Union (EGU)


Application that gives free access to soil data from across the world
ISRIC World Soil Information


Soil types of Ireland
Soil map with information on soil types and properties from across Ireland
Teagasc and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


Mezinárodní rok půdy (International Year of Soils 2015)
Website with articles on soil (in Czech)
Asociace soukrohmého zemědělství ČR


Vitejte na Zemi - půda (Welcome to the Earth – soil)
Educational website addressing soils from different l perspectives (in Czech)
Czech Environmental Information Agency (CENIA)


Boden – ein Multitalent (Soil – a multitalent)
Website on soil data, soil mapping and soil protection (in German)
Geologischer Dienst NRW


SmartSOIL Toolbox
Website section with resources on soil carbon management for farmers, advisors, policy makers and scientists, with online tool for advisers and farmers that helps optimise crop yields and soil carbon (due for September 2015)
SmartSOIL project – Das Magazin für Boden und Garten
Online magazine on soils and related issues (in German)


Boden des Jahres
Website dedicated to the Soil of the Year, including 2015 (in German) and links to previous years
Bundesverband Boden


Simply Sustainable Soils: Case studies
Case studies on sustainable soil management on seven British farms
Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF)


Boden und Klimaschutz
Webpage with background information on the relationship between soils and climate change (in German)
WWF Austria


Fachexpertise - Desertifikationsbekämpfung
Thematic webpage with background information on desertification (in German)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)


Global Soil Partnership website
Website with news, events, infographics and more
Global Soil Partnership


Grund zum Leben
Website with links, news, videos and background information on soils (in German)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)


Jaar van de Bodem
Section on popular science website dedicated to the International Year of Soils (in Dutch)


Case studies and more
RECARE Project


European Environment Agency briefing about key trends in and prospects for soils (The European environment - state and outlook 2015)
European Environment Agency (EEA)


Soil is life
Multimedia website including videos and information on soils, food security and climate change
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Website for teachers and pupils
National Soil Resources Institute (NSRI), Cranfield University


The Shift Soil Daily
Aggregated news and resources on soils from international media

Shift Soil Remediation


Soils 4 U
Website section with links to soil-related data, software, museums and associations and short interviews with soil scientists
International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS)


‘Wiki’ on a wide range of soil issues including soil contamination, energy, soil functions and water management (in Dutch)
SK Bodem

Children and school activities

Les sols : pourquoi et comment les protéger ?
Educational dossier with information on soil formation, functions of soils, soil degradation and soil protection (in French)
ADEME Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maitrise de l'Energie


Dig it!
Series of educational booklets for children aged 5 - 13
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Böden in Deutschland - Bedeutung für die Landwirtschaft
Educational material on the value of soil for agriculture in Germany (in German)


Bodenerlebnisse in Nordrhein-Westfalen
Map with museums and walks (in German)
Landesamt für Natur, Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz NRW


Bodenwelten - Unterrichtsmaterialen
Educational material (in German)
Bundesverband Boden


Echt Kuh-l!
Webpage with school activities and background information for teachers and pupils (in German)
German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection


Educational Resources
Educational material including a card game (in English and French), a colouring book and a children’s book (in Brazilian Portuguese)
Global Soil Biodiversity


ISRIC World Soil Museum
Museum about the role of soils in life and ecosystems and the variation of soil types, including the current exhibition ‘Terra Australis – Soils Down Under’
ISRIC World Soil Information


The Dirt Doctor
Overview of different soil types in Scotland
James Hutton Institute


The hidden life of Soils
Card game on soil biodiversity


The Four Elements - Fire, Water, Earth, Air. Methodical handbook for teachers
Handbook for teachers with examples of activities for children in elementary school, including exercises on soils
EU Lifelong Learning Programme


‘t Zeeuws Bodemvenster
Educational website on soils and IYS 2015 activities in the Dutch region of Zeeland (in Dutch)
Provincie Zeeland


Unser Boden ist ein Schatz
Booklet for children about healthy soils and soil protection (in German)
Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Protection of Lower Saxony


Vivir en el Suelo (Living in Soil)
A comic on the International Year of Soils (in Spanish)
Sociedad Española de la Ciencia del Suelo