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World News: Statement by Elizabeth Maruma Mrema Acting Executive Secretary Convention on Biological Diversity on the Occasion of World Soil Day 2019: “Stop soil erosion, save our future” December 06,2019   |  Source: CBD

Most of us pay little attention to the soil under our feet, yet all human life depends on it. Representing at least a quarter of global biodiversity, soil is the foundation on which the house of terrestrial biodiversity is built. As governments prepare to negotiate a post-2020 global biodiversity framework for adoption next year at the UN Biodiversity Conference1 in Kunming, China, to achieve the 2050 Vision of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, it is important to bear in mind that soil plays a key role for sustainable development, including poverty and hunger eradication, economic growth and environmental protection.

Soil supplies the essential nutrients, water, oxygen and root support that our food-producing plants need to grow and flourish. It helps process waste organic matter produced by plants, animals and humans. Furthermore, soils regulate the ebb and flow of carbon flux and the water cycle, keep pests at bay, decontaminate polluted land, and provide raw materials for new pharmaceuticals to tackle infectious diseases. Soil erosion, the removal of the most fertile top layer of soil from the land surface through water, wind and tillage, occurs naturally under all climatic conditions and on all continents. However, it is

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