THE “4 PER 1000” INITIATIVE IN A FEW WORDS
The international initiative "4 per 1000", launched by France on 1 December 2015 at COP 21, consists of federating all voluntary stakeholders of public and private sectors (national governments, local and regional governments, companies, trade organisations, NGOs, research facilities, etc.) under the framework of the Lima-Paris Action Plan (LPAP).
Supported by solid scientific foundations and practical actions in the field, the 4 per 1000 initiative intends to demonstrate that agriculture, and in particular agricultural soils, can play a crucial role in food security and climate change.
THE HIGH ADDED VALUE OF THE “4 PER 1000” INITIATIVE
The "4 per 1000" initiative should enable some practical actions in the field to be developed, benefiting farmers and livestock breeders, who are the first to be affected by land degradation and, more broadly, by the entire world population.
It is a multi-actor initiative built around two main phases of actions:
- A multi-actor, state and non-state action program for better soil carbon management to combat poverty and food insecurity, while contributing to adaptation to climate change and mitigation of emissions.
- An international scientific research and cooperation program
THE GOVERNANCE OF THE “4 PER 1000” INITIATIVE
The International Initiative "4 per 1000" was launched on 1 December 2015 by Stéphane Le Foll, then Minister of Agriculture, AgriFood and Forestry, at COP 21 which was held in Paris.
Farmers, economic stakeholders, local Authorities and States then mobilised researchers around this initiative on the agenda of solutions at COP 21 in Paris.
The success of "4 per 1000" was confirmed at COP 22: bringing together civil society, countries, funds and international organisations around a table was a challenge. Bringing 200 together around the issue of soils and agriculture, was a victory!
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The governance of the "4 per 1000" initiative was launched in Marrakech and marks the strong commitment of the partners!
At COP 22, 80 of the 200 signatories wished to be part of the consortium, in order to take collective decisions, especially on the orientations, goals of the work program, the budget and to define indicators for the monitoring and evaluation of projects.
Today, 110 partner organisations (not-for-profit or non-commercial structures) have joined the Consortium and thus participate in the decision-making process.
GETTING INVOLVED WITH THE “4 PER 1000” INITIATIVE
Professional organisations (agricultural, businesses, etc.) can:
Contribute and encourage the adoption of new practices to store more carbon while increasing soil fertility and resilience in relation to research, development and other stakeholders.
NGOs play a key role to:
Identify, adapt and facilitate the dissemination of good practices and ensure that they correspond to the expectations of producers in relation to research, development stakeholders and agricultural professional organisations:
Private companies undertake in particular to:
- Encourage the supply of products from practices beneficial to soil carbon as they do for deforestation
- Support financially the rehabilitation or preservation projects of agricultural soils.
The goals of the Project Managers are many:
Project holders such as NGOs, farmers, producer groups, commercial enterprises can:
- Support agriculture and forestry as sectors contributing to the fight against climate change:
- Support an International Initiative on soils with a triple "win-win-win" goal
- Mobilise the stakeholders to encourage them to take actions in order to conserve the soils for food security and climate
- Propose some modes of production that emphasise the potential of plants as a mechanism for capturing and storing atmospheric carbon
- Encourage the adoption of new practices to store more carbon in soils
- Combat land degradation while having a positive impact on food security
- Adopt some production modes closer to nature (agroecology) while improving the return on investment and reducing costs and increasing yields, therefore potentially profits
- Inspire and learn from traditional farming practices that give prominence to trees at the heart of agricultural production, as in agroforestry systems
- Leverage scientific knowledge to develop new production systems that are inspired by traditional practices for increasing the carbon storage in soils
- Prohibit the supply chains of products derived from practices that induce soil degradation
- Support some soil rehabilitation projects
- Make known the practices, projects and policies for which the sponsor(s) is seeking some financing
- Identify, adapt and facilitate the dissemination of good practices and ensure that they correspond to the expectations of producers, in relation to research and Agricultural Producers' Organisations.
IN CONCRETE TERMS, HOW DO WE GET INVOLVED?
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