Partnerships

ISRIC - World Soil Information collaborates with various national and international institutions to fulfill its mandate, in particular the development and maintenance of a global soil information facility and the underpinning soil reference collections:

  • The WDC-Soils is a regular member of the ICSU World Data System (WDS) ; the WDS is registered as as Participating Organization in GEO.
      
  • Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) : FAO is mandated by nations to support their food and agriculture development, with soils being an important carrier for agricultural activities. ISRIC and FAO have a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in the development of soil information systems to support broad scale analyses of food production and agricultural development, in the broader context of sustainable land management and climate change mitigation.
       
  • Institute for Environment and Sustainability (JRC-IES, European Commission) : Collaboration Agreement to jointly develop new approaches in the areas of global and regional soil and land resources.
      
  • Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) : ISRIC is actively collaborating with CDE in the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) since 1992.
      
  • Global Soil Partnership (GSP) : ISRIC – World Soil Information is member of the GSP. We are contributing to training of national staff members in soil data handling, World Reference Base, and Digital Soil Mapping.
      
  • ISRIC is an associate member of OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium)  a consortium that promotes open system standards in the area of geoinformatics.
      
  • ISRIC is registered as Civil Society Organization (CSO) accredited to the Conference of the Parties of  the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
     
  • ISRIC - World Soil Information collaborates with or performs (targetted) research for a number of institutions like the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), UNEP-GEF, International Fund for Agricultural Development (GreenWaterCredits); see our ongoing collaborative projects.
       
  • Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR) : Provides a range of services aimed at facilitating ISRIC’s operations, such as financial accounting, human resources management, housing, and legal advice. Further, ISRIC and Wageningen UR staff collaborate on several externally-funded projects; ISRIC staff are guest lecturers in a range of courses of the University; Wageningen UR staff, students and international visitors regularly visit the ISRIC World Soil Museum for educational purposes.