Rosa M. Poch i Claret, Professor of Edaphology at the Department of the Environment and Soil Sciences of the University of Lleida, has been named a member of the Intergovernmental Panel of Soils of the FAO for the period 2018-2021. The appointment took place at the 6th Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GTIS), held on 11/06/2018 at the FAO offices in Rome. This Panel is made up of 27 prominent experts in soils representing all the regions of the world. In particular, Dra. Poch is one of the 5 representatives in Europe. It should be noted that in the composition of the first group there was already a former student of the ETSEA of the University of Lleida, since Dr. Marta Camps Arbestain, currently in New Zealand, was representative of the South-West Pacific. Thus, the ETSEA, probably, is the only entity from which two members in the GTIS.
The GTIS was established during the first Plenary Assembly of the World Alliance for Soil organized by FAO in June 2013. The main function of the GTIS is to provide scientific and technical advice to the World Alliance of Soils in view of the major edaphic problems in At global level, such as desertification or climate change, but also in the face of specific requests from institutions. The GTIS promotes the Sustainable Land Management in the different agendas of sustainable development.