Soil as a natural climate solution

Healthy soils supports plant growth and productivity, regulates carbon cycle, improve biodiversity, develops resistant to pests, and supports the water cycle. Protecting, managing, and restoring soil health has multiple benefits of carbon sequestration, improving biodiversity, regulating water cycle, and improving food security.​

The challenge is developed with a focus on food security in cities. One of the most valuable natural resources has to be protected to support fundamental agriculture productivity, but also as a nature based solution providing a myriad of benefits. It also supports the following SDGs 1,6,8,12,13,15, with the innovative use of satellite data.

Participants can identify the factors of soil health and biodiversity loss such as land-change, land degradation, pollution, unsustainable farming, wild fires etc. The challenge to protect, manage and restore soil health, and reap the ecosystem service benefits. These soil characteristics in the peri-urban areas that can create new business models with agro-forestry, and agro-tourism.

Data available

  • Administrative lines
  • Soil data
  • NDVI
  • Human impact on forests
  • Biodiversity intactness index
  • Roads and railways
  • Land use
  • Urban areas
  • Soil data
  • Forest cover map
  • Points of interest
  • Protected areas