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Soil is an important component of the forest ecosystem. It is a complex and variable medium comprising mineral particles, organic matter, water, air and living organisms. The characteristics of soil largely determine the nature of the flora and fauna that sustains the world’s terrestrial biodiversity and its productive potential. It is a vital resource that must be used in a sustainable way to ensure it can continue to perform its many functions.

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