Five Soil Thematic Groups – Soil Water, Soil and Climate, Soil and Biodiversity, Soil and Land Use, Soil and Society - have been created to provide information on potential International Year of Soils activities and identify what is achievable during the IYS which ends on World Soils Day, 5th December 2015.
The Administrator represented The Director at the first meeting of the Soil and Land Use Group on 28th January. Forum member organisations represented included: SEPA, NFUS, JHI, Scottish Government, The Heather Trust and SRUC.
The Groups have been tasked to:
- Raise awareness of the benefits that soils can bring to society, organisations and individuals;
- Support and provide integration between organisations in achieving higher impact from their activities; and
- Examine how resources (human and / or financial) can be pulled together.
The Royal Highland Show was identified as a key opportunity for collaboration and will be discussed further at the next meeting. An education focus group has been proposed to create resources and learning sessions for educational professionals. Anyone interested in participating in this should contact Kirsten Leask.
The aim through the year is to achieve greater recognition of soils and their benefits and the group will be examining how to carry forward and maximise the use of combined staff and material resources.
Colleen McCulloch is the point of contact for more information. Contact details are available from the Administrator – use the Moorland Forum contact form.