May 29, 2022

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Regional soil profile to be shared globally

National soil information systems for Rwanda, Tanzania and Ethiopia will be reviewed as part of a new project led by the Center for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI).

The project will identify which soil management approaches have worked , which are not, which new solutions are working best, and where opportunities exist.

Subsequent information from the three to five year soil analysis will also be used to update global data initiatives such as World Soil Information Service and Global Soil Information System Soil Profile Database and help support an improved evidence-based intervention design for SIS systems co-created with the global soil data community.

It is supported with $1.07 million by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in line with their goal, opportunities for mainstreaming national soil information services initiatives in Agra countries through the FAO’s Global Soil Laboratory Network initiative.

“The results will help us to assess how national contexts and decisions made during their development influence the success of the various SIS interventions,” said Martin Parr, Director of Data Policy and Practice at CABI.

“We want to understand how soil information provides national information, policy, strategic planning, agronomic management, input supply, etc.” , said CABI program manager Ruthie Musker.

Meanwhile, Zanzibar has expressed concern about sand shortages, blaming contractors and builders for not following the guidelines.

“The surge in demand for non-renewable natural resources due to the increase in economic and social activities indicates a risk that they will decline,” Zanzibar officials say Archipelago State Environmental Report 2021, but they also blame officials for not enforcing the law.

The archipelago has huge pits that were used for licensing sand mining, the report said also admits that the licensor, the government, has yet to fill them c avert disaster in Uzi, Cheju and Donge rural area.

The report focused on non-renewable energy, tourism sector, climate change, Water sources, oil and gas, land use, solid and liquid waste in Zanzibar Island.

Interestingly, offshore and onshore oil and gas exploration activities in the archipelago have little environmental impact.