Global Soil



Seeking to promote expert knowledge on

soil biodiversity into environmental

policy and sustainable land management

to protect and enhance ecosystem services



About the GSBI

The Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative was launched in September 2011 and is open to all those interested in developing a coherent platform for promoting the translation of expert knowledge on soil biodiversity into environmental policy and sustainable land management for the protection and enhancement of ecosystem services.



Why Soil Biodiversity?

Without soil biota, the soil resources as we know them would not exist.


Soil BON (Biodiversity Observation Network)

Through the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON), the GSBI together with the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and a number of other global partners, have worked to establish a primer for a global soil biodiversity observation network (Soil BON). This operational network will be specified and deployed in the near future with an extended number of partners.

Coming Soon!

The Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese.

Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas

The atlas is a reference publication on global soil biodiversity.


Meet the Founders

The GSBI is supported by five founding partner organizations.



GSBI and SoilBON - Ispra, Italy

May 2019


The GSBI is pleased to announce the next Global Soil Biodiversity Meeting (GSB3) :

Dublin, Ireland

November 2021 


Soil Biodiversity at

the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity


17-29 November 2018

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

The GSBI was represented

by former GSBI Executive Director

Dr. Kelly Ramirez

She is sponsored by NIOO and Centre for Soil Ecology Wageningen


Lily Pereg (1964-2019)


Lily was an accomplished microbial ecologist, and professor at the University of New England in Armindale, Australia. She was an active member of the GSBI.

Please read more about her life — an obituary from the European Geosciences Union, and an interview with her from the Australian Society for Microbiology in 2015.

She will be missed. 


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