World Soil Day Date in the current year: December 5, 2016

World Soil Day World Soil Day is observed around the world on December 5. This holiday was proposed by the International Union of Soil Sciences in 2002 to raise public awareness of the problems of soil and its importance for our life.

Many people forget, that the soil is the source of everything we have. We don't connect soil with food, climate, biodiversity and life, however, there is a direct relationship between them. The problems of soil have been neglected for too long, that is why the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations took the actions towards their elimination.

In 2013 FAO supported the formal establishment of World Soil Day and requested official adoption by the UN. In December 2013 the UN General Assembly designated December 5 to be WSD. December 5 was chosen to coincide with birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, who officially sanctioned the event.

FAO annually organizes special events to observe World Soil Day since 2012. These events raise public awareness of the importance of soil and ways of its preservation.

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