In December 2013, the General Assembly of the United Nations designated 5 December as World Soil Day (WSD) and at the same time declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils (IYS). Both WSD and the IYS are essential platforms to raise awareness at international, regional and national levels about the fundamental role of soils for human life.

For the official closure of the International Year of Soils, and to celebrate the World Soil Day, a number of events are taking place in the beginning of December, all over Europe:

Source: European Soil Data Centre ESDAC