Global soil networks

Find out more about some of the global sail networks in which Rijkswaterstaat is active.


AquaConSoil started in 1985 as the biannual ConSoil conference on soil pollution and related problems. In 2013, the name was changed to AquaConSoil, to do justice to (ground)water pollution associated with soil pollution. The next step is to form a broad online platform in addition to the conference, making it easier to exchange knowledge.

The AquaConSoil network consists of policy makers, academics and soil consultants from Europe and the rest of the world. The focus of the network is soil pollution and land degradation. The sustainable use of land and soil in relation to the major societal challenges  is nowadays also one of the topics.

The Netherlands have played an active role in the network and at the conference for years. Deltares executes the secretariat of AquaConSoil. Rijkswaterstaat contributes to the agenda and the program and is an active participant in the platform.

More information: website AquaConSoil.

Global Soil Partnership

The GSP is the global soil network of the United Nations FAO. The GSP was founded in 2012 and aims to promote sustainable soil management among all actors and stakeholders involved in the soil. Experts and problem holders are brought together within the network.

In addition, the GSP focuses on information and research. One of the most important publications of the GSP is the 2015 report Status of the World's Soil Resources. In addition to the condition of the soil, the report also describes the main threats to the soil. The GSP also has a European section: the European Soil Partnership (ESP).

More information: website Global Soil Partnership.

International Committee on Contaminated Land

The ICCL is a global network of soil policy makers. The network exchanges knowledge and experiences in the field of soil policy and approach to soil pollution. Since 1993 70 countries and 150 partners have joined this network. Every 2 years a physical meeting is organized. The Netherlands is an active participant in these meetings.

More information: website International Committee on Contaminated Land.