The King Bhumibol FAO World Soil Day Award 2023

The King Bhumibol FAO World Soil Day Award 2023

The King Bhumibol FAO World Soil Day Award 2023

The King Bhumibol FAO World Soil Day Award 2023

The King Bhumibol FAO World Soil Day Award, previously known as the King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award, is an international recognition granted to individuals and organizations that have made meaningful contributions to soil-related issues and sustainable land management. The award is named in honor of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who was a strong advocate for soil and water conservation.

The 6th GSP Plenary Assembly approved the establishment of the annual King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award (WSDA), as a commendation tool for individuals or institutions that have made an effort to organize successful celebrations in the framework of the World Soil Day campaign of the previous year.

The Award is sponsored by the Kingdom of Thailand, the champion country in the establishment of the now-famous World Soil Day. The UN General Assembly decided in December 2013 to officially designate 5 December as World Soil Day to acknowledge the lifelong work and commitment of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand who has significantly contributed to improving the quality of lives of millions through sustainable soil management.

The objective of the WSDA is to promote organizers of WSD events at all levels to foster challenging and outstanding celebrations around the globe.

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  • The Award may be awarded to individuals, institutions, NGOs, academia, colleges and universities, private companies, or any other entities
  • A wide range of WSD events can be considered for the award.
  • The event has to follow the WSD theme of the year and has to take place between 1 – 15 Dec.


  • The award consists of a medal,
  • a USD 15 000 cheque,
  • as well as a trip to Thailand (if feasible) to receive the prize.


  1. After the completion of the event, the organizers should submit the WSD report (Fill out the call for application) to the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Secretariat ( in any of the official UN languages
  2. Along with the report, WSD organizers are invited to complete their application by sending it to the Secretariat:
    • High-quality photographs (preferably accompanied by captions)
    • Videos (showing the work-in-progress and the results)
    • Communication material or any related publications,
    • Digital coverage (website/web stories/blog/ social media); and
    • Demonstrated wide appeal in the media (i.e. media coverage and press release);
  3. Pictures taken throughout the event must be shared on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, TikTok) with the hashtags #WorldSoilDay and #GlobalSoilPartnership #UNFAO.
  4. It is important that the organizers submit testimony or proof of the success of the World Soil Day celebration, and of the impact that the event had on raising awareness for the cause of healthy soils.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2023

The King Bhumibol FAO World Soil Day Award 2023

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