The congress was organized by Ege University’s Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, (Agricultural Faculty), and The Soil Science Society of Turkey (SSST). The congress also hosted the 6th International Conference on Land Degradation (ICLD).
This congress was organized to discuss issues in “land degradation and challenges in soil management”. Interactions among soils, land degradation, and desertification were discussed and importance of soils for a better environmental quality and food security was stressed in the three-day congress. Poster and oral
presentations covered a large spectrum of subject areas; including computer modeling, digital mapping, and new techniques and technologies used in data mining, decision making, and other related areas.
The papers have been organized into five volumes according to topics for the Congress Proceedings Book The on-line version of these volumes is accessible at: http://www.soilcongress.ege.edu.tr
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa (UNCCD) is a Convention to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought through national action programs that incorporate long-term strategies supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements.