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Introduction to the Center of Excellence on Soil Research in Asia (CESRA)

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Fifth Asian Soil Partnership workshop
26 February - 1 March 2019, New Delhi, India
Pitayakon Limthong, National Focal Point for Thailand

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Introduction to the Center of Excellence on Soil Research in Asia (CESRA)

  1. 1. Center of Excellence for Soil Research in Asia (CESRA) Pitayakon Limtong1, Sathaporn Jaiarree2, Sujin Ninphadapkeaw2, Pirach Pongwichaen2, Visit Ngamsom2, Sitarrine Thongpussawal2 and Lucrezia Canon3 1National Focal Point for Thailand 2CESRA’s Working Groups and 3GSP/ASP Secretariat
  2. 2. Mandate In December 2016, the Asian Soil Partnership (ASP) implementation plan was endorsed by ASP member countries and the establishment of CESRA was endorsed by ASP member countries under Pillar 3 (Activity 3.2)
  3. 3. Developments Because the proposal of Thailand to host the Center was accepted, the country started to move into implementing this activity: - A zero-order draft of the concept note to establish CESRA was prepared and presented to the 4th ASP Meeting (May 2018) - ASP national focal points were invited to revise the concept note (deadline 26 November 2018) - The concept note and work plan of CESRA will ultimately be discussed and finally endorsed at the 5th ASP Meeting (26 February – 1 March 2019) Meanwhile, the government of Thailand: - Identified the building to host CESRA - Committed some budget to grant the basic functioning of the Center (this implies allocating some administrative and technical staff)
  4. 4. Who is CESRA? East Asia: China, DPR Korea, Japan, Mongolia and Republic of Korea (5) Southeast Asia: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam (11) South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka (8)
  5. 5. Why CESRA? • To support CESRA’s member countries to implement ASP and GSP activities including the principles in the revised World Soil Charter and the recommendations in the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM);
  6. 6. Why CESRA? • To promote the exchange of knowledge, data, technical cooperation and experience in the Asian region by establishing the Asian Soil Information System (ASIS) as direct contributor to the Global Soil Information System (GLOSIS) and under the framework of the International Network of Soil Information Institutions (INSII);
  7. 7. Why CESRA? • To build the capacity of CESRA’s member countries on sustainable soil management following a demand driven approach where countries will determine the needs;
  8. 8. Why CESRA? • To encourage inter- and transdisciplinary targeted soil research and development through technical cooperation using different approaches including South-South cooperation
  9. 9. Mission To support ASP countries in achieving SSM As facilitator to the development and implementation of regional projects on soil, CESRA will contribute to achieving GSP and ASP objectives, the Sustainable Development Goals, and other global targets related to the sustainable management of soils.
  10. 10. Structure and functions CESRA will work in cooperation with national soil institutions, which can either join CESRA spontaneously or be nominated by their national focal points to the GSP. The activities carried out by CESRA will be in line with its objectives, with the regional priorities identified by ASP member countries during their annual meetings and with the work plan of the GSP.
  11. 11. Structure and functions
  12. 12. Department of Soil Research and Development (DSRD) Responsible for: - Promoting research on soil and the practice of SSM in the Asian region - Combining local research results and indigenous knowledge to international findings in the framework of developing and applying new technologies.
  13. 13. Department of Soil Research and Development (DSRD) How?
  14. 14. Department of Soil Research and Development (DSRD) Activities: • Identify and address knowledge gaps on soil in the Asian region building on countries’ inputs; • Identify regional priorities related to the practices of SSM and in the framework of implementing VGSSM; • Compile and integrate indigenous and local knowledge into advanced research and development programmes; • Develop new technologies and/or review existing ones at the purpose of promoting their application at the local level.
  15. 15. Department of Soil Research and Development (DSRD) Activities: • Propose local and regional specific solutions to restore degraded soils and to increase soil resilience to climate change while increasing soil productivity; • Identify synergies in existing research programs; • Encourage interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research;
  16. 16. Department of Soil Research and Development (DSRD) Activities: • Identify solutions to minimize on-site and off-site impacts of soil degradation; • Develop indicators on the economic costs of soil degradation; • Write and implement joint research programs and projects; and • Provide technical recommendations and tools to support decision making at the political level
  17. 17. Department of Soil Research and Development (DSRD) To meet its objectives… • The DSRD will operate in coordination with national and international soil research institutions, soil science societies, local agencies and universities. • Biannual research plans will be developed
  18. 18. Department of Soil Information and Training (DSIT) Responsible for: • Developing the Asian Soil Information System (ASIS) as a platform for sharing regional information on soil It will collect regional soil data and information on ongoing research, existing local knowledge and methodologies related to the status of soil resources in Asia and the practice of SSM
  19. 19. Department of Soil Information and Training (DSIT) Responsible for: • Developing the Asian Soil Information System (ASIS) as a platform for sharing regional information on soil It will support member countries in building their National Soil Information Systems and adjusting them to ASIS.
  20. 20. Department of Soil Information and Training (DSIT) In order to facilitate data sharing, the DSIT will: • Develop common data specifications for ASIS compatible with GLOSIS; • Develop common guidelines for the countries to build and adjust their soil information system for data sharing through ASIS and GLOSIS.
  21. 21. Department of Soil Information and Training (DSIT) In order to facilitate data sharing, the DSIT will: • Set the standards for data collection and analysis to ensure data comparability at the regional and global level. Link to GLOSOLAN/SEALNET; • Provide centralized data storage for the countries that do not have capacity to maintain their own soil databases.
  22. 22. Department of Soil Information and Training (DSIT) The activities of the DSIT will be in close contact with those of the Department of Soil Research and Development (DSRD) so to ensure (1) the filling of knowledge gaps on the practice of SSM in the region, and (2) the provision of updated data to ASIS users.
  23. 23. Department of Soil Information and Training (DSIT) Capacity building focused on: - The practice of sustainable soil management; - Testing, calibrating, validating and using new technologies to assess soil conditions and implementing the VGSSM through the practice of SSM; - Guiding data providers through soil data and information collection to feed ASIS;
  24. 24. Department of Soil Information and Training (DSIT) Capacity building focused on: - The implementation of DSRD’s recommendations and findings; - The establishment of demonstration sites in different ecological areas to be used for hands-on trainings; and - Soil restoration and remediation.
  25. 25. Thanks for your attention

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