Soil Security for Australia

John Mc Lean Bennett, Alex McBratney, Damien Field, Darren Kidd, Uta Stockmann, Craig Liddicoat, Samantha Grover

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Soil Security is an emerging sustainability science concept with global application for guiding integrated approaches to land management, while balancing ecosystem services, environmental, social, cultural, and economic imperatives. This discussion paper sets the scene for an Australian Soil Security framework as an example of how it might be developed for any country, defining the key issues and justification for Soil Security, as well as detailing implementation requirements and benefits; two examples of beneficial outcomes are provided in terms of facilitating decommoditization of agricultural products and the impact of urban encroachment on productive land. We highlight research gaps, where new knowledge will contribute to well-rounded approaches that reflect differing stakeholder perspectives. We also provide key nomenclature associated with a potential Soil Security framework so that future discussions may use a common language. Through this work we invite scientific and policy discourse with the aim of developing more informed responses to the myriad of competing demands placed on our soil systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3416
Number of pages15
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Ecosystem services
  • Farming systems
  • Fibre security
  • Food security
  • Land management
  • Land planning
  • Land use
  • Natural capital
  • Social capital


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