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GSP Releases Report on Launch of Latin America Soil Partnership

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)March 2014: The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has released a workshop report documenting the launch of its regional partnership for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

According to the report, participants at the launch discussed regional initiatives including national efforts in Cuba, and regional activities by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), which is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CIGAR), Jamaica's Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, as well as efforts by Catholic Relief Services across Central America. National representatives presented on individual country experiences with soil and soil conservation.

The publication presents a series of next steps identified by the group including: the creation of a technical committee for the region with a number of working groups; the development of a plan of action for each working group; identification of potential implementing organizations and donor activities in each country; and opportunities for creating multidisciplinary extension activities, among other steps.

The workshop took place from 30 September to 3 October 2013 in Havana, Cuba. It drew together 42 participants from 15 countries in the region. [Lanzamiento De La Alianza Mundial Por El Suelo Para Centro America, Mexico Y El Caribe (in Spanish)] [GSP Website][Land Policy & Practice news on Global Soil Partnership]