An international congress on soil, communities and climate change will he held in Iceland between August 31 and September 4. The Soil Conservation Service of Iceland is hosting the congress to commemorate its 100th anniversary.
According to the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland, no other nation has worked longer at reclaiming soil and preventing desertification than Iceland, Morgunbladid reports. The Soil Conservation Service therefore considers Iceland to have valuable knowledge and experience in the field of soil reclamation to share with other nations.
The goal of the congress is to discuss the importance of soil reclamation worldwide and its part in the global community’s counter measurements against climate change, wind erosion and desertification.
Soil reclamation is also important for protecting biological diversity, creating better soil for cultivation and securing access to food for every human being on earth.
Conference attendees will be divided into groups and are supposed to hand in proposals at the end of the conference on counter measurements against climate change.
The proposals will be presented at different conferences around the world, including at the next session of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to be held in Madrid, Spain, from September 3 to 14.
About 40 local and 100 foreign participants are expected to attend the soil conservation congress in Iceland.
The institutions supporting the congress are the Agricultural University of Iceland, the University of Iceland, the Farmers Association of Iceland, the International Federation of Agricultural Producers, the United Nations University and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).