Bogota, Colombia – The UNCCD regional coordination unit for Latin America and the Caribbean (RCU-LAC) participated in the regional workshop organized by FAO Global Soils Partnership on 9 July 2018 to discuss the development of national and regional capacity in organizing soil information for policy making, land use planning and sustainable land management (SLM).
The RCU-LAC gave a presentation on the concept of land degradation neutrality (LDN) and the progress of the LDN target setting programme in the region. The presentation highlighted the importance of land-based indicators, especially the SOC stocks, in monitoring progress towards achieving LDN. Participants agreed that this data should also be shared through the information system of soil for Latin America and the Caribbean (SISLAC). Specific aspects of organizing, updating and utilizing SISLAC data on soils have also been discussed.
SISLAC was created by FAO in 2012 to utilize data provided by countries for soil mapping and enable LAC to produce standardized soil organic carbon maps by providing technical support and training.