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Launch of Australia’s first National Soil Action Plan

Launch of Australia’s first National Soil Action Plan

Australia’s first National Soil Action Plan has been officially launched!

The National Soil Action Plan 2023 to 2028 will address priorities in soil health and long-term soil security or the first 5 years under the 20-year National Soil Strategy.

The action plan set out 4 priority actions to guide partner activities and investments in soil in partnership with governments, the soil science and research community, not-for-profit organisations, Natural Resource Management organisations, industry bodies and the private sector. The 4 priority actions are:

  1. Develop an agreed national framework to support the measurement, monitoring, mapping, reporting and sharing of soil state and trend information to inform best practice management, decision-making and future investment in soil
  2. Partners to develop a holistic policy and strategy approach where soil function is recognised, valued and protected for the environment, economy, food, infrastructure, health, biodiversity and communities.
  3. Accelerate the adoption of land use and management practices that protect soil and improve soil state and trend
  4. Identify and develop the soil workforce and capabilities needed to meet current and future challenges for Australia and the region

The action plan is supported by $56 million through partnership agreements with states and territories and soil investments through the Climate-Smart Agriculture Program under the Natural Heritage Trust.

The action plan was developed in partnership with the states and territories, the soil science and research community, non-government organisations, natural resource management organisations and peak industry bodies.

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