15th International Congress of Soil
The 15th International
Congress of Soil Science is being held on 18-20 March, 2014 at
Islamabad-Pakistan on theme “Soil Management in Changing Climate”.
is no more an environmental concern. It has emerged as the biggest
developmental challenge to the planet. Climate change threatens to disrupt
our health, agriculture, water resources, forests and wildlife, coastal
areas, the diversity of habitats and the life dependent on them.
Agriculture sector being closely tied to natural resource base is
more vulnerable to climate change. Therefore, a new way of thinking about
agriculture is required for feeding the planet’s ever-expanding population
while dealing with climate change. The protection and monitoring of the soil
must be recognized as a principal component of environmental stewardship. In
a larger context the soil is not merely a passive medium, privately owned
and operated by farmers to produce crops, but is indeed a common
environmental asset, providing ecosystem services such as support for wild
life and transformation of pollutants. As such, the soil must be protected
by purposeful policy. This should apply not only to agriculture sector but
also to soil in urban sector that is especially endangered by pollution.
Positive inducements are necessary, along with mandatory regulations, to
ensure soil’s ecological and functional integrity. This becomes even more
important in the current scenario of climate change. Keeping this in view,
the theme for the International Congress of Soil Science 2014 has been
selected as Soil Management in