The first volume of the International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy (2016) has recently been published. The intention of this first volume is to establish a platform for discussion among legislators, lawyers and policymakers regarding regulatory concepts and approaches on the international, regional and national level. The new International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy aims to bring together the global legal fraternity, academics, judges and local legal practitioners to continue the discourse on soils in the attempt to improve the legal promotion and protection of soils by inter alia enhancing existing governance solutions.
This first volume focuses on contents and implementation of the objective of a “land degradation neutral world”, which is also prominently addressed in SDG Target 15.3. The second volume (2017) is currently under preparation and a third volume is planned for 2018. A number of the Members of the WCEL Soil Specialist Group took part in the production of the 2016 volume (Harald Ginzky and Irene Heuser, Editors; Ian Hannam, Ben Boer, Maylis Desrousseaux, Elizabeth Dooley, Bernard Vanheusden and Du Qun, Advisory Editors). Additional information online at: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-42508-5.