Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and European Soil Partnership (ESP): Since 2015 Portugal is a member of the GSP and the ESP. The GSP is a mechanism to enhance collaboration between all stakeholders - from land users through to policy makers. One of the key objectives of the GSP is to improve the governance and promote sustainable management of soils. The mandate of the ESP is to improve governance of the limited soil resources in order to guarantee healthy and productive soils for a food secure world, as well as support other essential ecosystem services, in accordance with the sovereign right of each State over its natural resources.
Portuguese Soil Partnership (PSP): In 2015 Portugal established the Portuguese Soil Partnership (PSP). The partnership's mandate is to improve governance and management of soil resources to ensure healthy and productive soils that are indispensable for food security and other essential ecosystem services. Members of the PSP includes public services, higher education, R&D institutions, private sector, agriculture federation, Competence Centres and agricultural associations.
Seminar “Sustainable Soil Management in Portugal - Guidelines”: In 2017 the PSP held a Seminar “Sustainable Soil Management in Portugal - Guidelines”. The event brought together more than 200 people to discuss soil management principles that minimise land degradation and promote their functional capacity to sustain multiple ecosystem goods and services, with emphasis on agriculture and forestry production. Conclusions from the event can be found here: “SUSTAINABLE SOIL MANAGEMENT Guidelines”. These Guidelines now support the planning of soil-related policy measures.
On 5 December 2019 Portugal is organising a seminar to commemorate the World Soil Day and the 5th year of PSP existence.
There is a Portuguese participant in the European Joint Programme on Agricultural Soil Management – EJP SOILand also involved in the SIGIMAP initiative. This is a digital platform that enables the integration and harmonisation of geographic information; satellite imagery from Sentinel (Copernicus program), administrative, pedagogical and geological information, land use mapping, information of irrigated areas and infrastructures.
20 Operational Groups on soil management and Portuguese partners are involved in 16 R&D cooperation projects on soil and climate change.