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ISRIC – World Soil Information

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ISRIC – World Soil Information is an independent foundation for documentation, training and research on soils of the world. ISRIC has extensive experience in
developing global soil databases and in the field of soil degradation and soil conservation assessments, e.g. GLASOD, ASSOD and SOVEUR. ISRIC was leader of WP3 in the DESIRE project and currently has several on-going projects based on the Green Water Credits concept. ISRIC is a Management Group member of World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT),
which will play a major role in RECARE. ISRIC has a strategic association with Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) and is the World Data Centre for Soils of the International Council of Sciences (ICSU). ISRIC will coordinate WB5 in the RECARE project.

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Droevendaalsesteeg 3,

P.O. Box 353

6700 AJ Wageningen, The Netherlands

+31 (0)317 483 735

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Drs G.W.J. (Godert) van

Tel.: +31 (0)317 483755

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Physical geographer with >25 years' experience in the field of soil conservation and involve­ment in various deg­radation assessments world­wide, e.g. Soil Resources in Europe (Council of Europe, 1995), ASSOD (S. & SE Asia,1997), SOVEUR (C. & E. Europe, 2000), and in several other projects on land degradation and sustainable land management, such as SOWAP (Cons. Agric. in Europe, 2007), DESIRE (2011), and Green Water Credits (on-going). He is a management member of the WOCAT programme and is Deputy Director of ISRIC.

Godert speaks Dutch (mother tongue), English, French, German, and has a basic command of Nepali and Bahasa Indonesia.

Dr. Z.G. (Zhanguo)

+31 (0)317 471739

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Wide experience in erosion and soil & water conservation, land degradation assessment, and special expertise in erosion & sedimentation processes using radio-nuclide
and isotopic tracing technology as well as GIS and remote sensing application in land management. He was in­volved in a quantitative global assessment of land degradation (GLADA), China's soil and terrain database (CNSOTER) and the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT). Currently he is also involved in the Green water Credits project in China. Dr. Bai is former deputy director of The Institute for Soils and Fertilizers in China.

Zhanguo speaks Chinese (mother tongue), English,
and has a little command of German and Dutch.

Dr TM (Thomas) Caspari

 Tel.: +31-317-483741

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 Thomas Caspari is a soil scientist with a M.Sc. in Management of Soil Fertility from the University of Reading/UK, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the Technical University of Munich/Germany (TUM). During his Ph.D. on the soils of Bhutan his focus has been on soil formation and classification, with particular interest in using soils as indicators for landscape development and palaeoclimate. Subsequently, he has been working in the fields of forest and climate change (for EU INTERREG IVB projectForeStClim), GIS and data management (for Port Hills Geotech Group, Christchurch/NZ) and contaminated soil management (for Aurecon in
Christchurch/NZ). Thomas started teaching soil-related subjects in 2006 at the University of Freiburg/ Germany and is holding a certificate in recognised standards of university teaching. Having joined
ISRIC in June 2013, Thomas's work will involve modelling the time dimension for the SOTERdatabase, contributing to a global survey on land degradation, as well as supporting ISRIC in existing projects (e.g. SOLEX) and teaching assignments.

Thomas is fluent in English and German, and speaks some Dutch, French, Italian, and Te Reo Māori.