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European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity 

Table of Contents

The atlas is a visually stunning publication of 128 pages, using striking photographs, informative texts and maps to explain and illustrate the great diversity of life in the soils across Europe. The atlas functions as a comprehensive guide to soil biology, allowing non-specialists to access information about this unseen world.

Global Biodiversity Assessment (UNEP) 

Published in 1996, the Global Biodiversity Assessment assessed the current state of biological diversity.  The assessment provided policy makers, officials, scientists, and all interested parties with an extensive biodivesity resource. 

GSBI Handout

The Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) presents a global venture to develop a comprehensive course of action for issues of global sustainability and bring global awareness to soil biodiversity.

Soil Biodiversity – the factory of life

This handout briefly describes the significance of soil biodiversity to ecosystem services, the importance of all soil organisms, from bacteria to earthworms, in keeping ecosystems functioning, and how this biodiversity is under threat from anthropogenic stresses and resulting global changes. 

The factory of life: Why soil biodiversity is so important

In this short booklet, the European Commission (EC) presents the key organisms of soil productivity, from microbes to moles, outlines the role of soil biodiversity to human well-being, and addresses the threats to soils globally. The goals of the EC are two fold; to ensure that soil biodiversity is not forgotten in global efforts to protect biodiversity and to prevent further destruction of our earth’s soils. 

Bio Brasil Project

The Bio Brasil Project belongs to the greater Conservation and sustainable Management of Below-Ground Biodiversity project implemented by the Global Environment Facility of the United Nations Program (UNEP).  It is executed in seven countries: Brazil, Ivory Coast, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico and Uganda.  The Brazilian team involves about 100 people and the study site is located in Benjamin Constant municipality in the Amazonian State.  The study sites include two small agricultural communities.  

Soil Biodiversity in Amazonian and Other Brazilian Ecosystems

The loss of biological diversity has become an increased concern over recent years, and soil provides a habitat for diversity. Soil organisms (especially bacteria, fungi and soil invertebrates) play a major role in the formation of soil structure and are primary agents of decomposition and are drivers of nutrient cycling, and hence agricultural production. This book reviews soil biodiversity in the Amazon and nearby regions in Brazil.   The work reported is based on a project "Conservation and Sustainable Management of Below-Ground Biodiversity", executed by TSBF-CIAT with co-financing from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implementation support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 

A Handbook on Tropical Soil Biology

The book represents a practical handbook describing sampling and laboratory methods for assessing biodiversity in soil.  The methods have been assembled and the protocols drafted by a number of scientists associated with the UNEP-GEF funded Conservation and Sustainable Management of Below-Ground Biodiversity project, executed by the Tropical Soil Biodiversity and Fertility (TSBF) institute of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). The methods provide a standardized basis for characterizing soil biodiversity occurring in terrestrial natural and agro-ecosystems in the tropics and current land uses in forest and forest margin areas.

SoilWeb: An Online Soil Survey

This interactive map allows you to explore USDA-NCSS soil survey data for locations throughout most of the U.S. It is compatible with smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers.