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.
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
The GSBI is pleased to announce the next Global Soil Biodiversity Meeting (GSB3) :
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.
She will be missed.