Why soil is important
Soil is essential to life and is the earth’s living skin. It is linked to everything around us and performs many important functions that make it a critical resource for life. For example, soil:
- acts as a water filter
- provides essential nutrients to grow food, fibre and fuel
- provides habitat for billions of organisms
- is the foundation for our towns and cities
- helps to regulate the Earth’s temperature as well as many of the important greenhouse gases.
Soil information is essential for:
- understanding ecosystems and landscapes
- effective land use and management decisions
- responding to global challenges including climate change, land degradation and ensuring food security.
Information needs to be accurate, consistent, and generated for a broad range of people, including government staff, natural resource managers, educators, planners, researchers and agriculturalists to use.