Archived events & news from 2019

* 4p1000 regional strategies - Call for papers

The STC of the 4p1000 initiative is calling for papers on region-specific sustainable management practices to increase soil carbon sequestration. These papers are intended to be published in a Special Issue of the international journal ‘Regional Environmental Change’ (SpringerNature, impact factor: 3.1) with the title:‘Sustainable management practices to increase soil carbon sequestration: what are their contribution to climate change mitigation, adaptation and food security in different ecosystems and regions of the world?

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* Assemblée Générale annuelle du annuelle du Partenariat Mondial sur le Sol (GSP) - 5-7 juin 2019, Rome

Pour la première fois, l’Initiative « 4 pour 1000 » participait en tant que partenaire, statut obtenu en août 2018. Cette réunion a été l’occasion de passer en revue l’ensemble des activités du PMS (GSP en anglais) et de l’ITPS, son conseil scientifique.

Le GSP mène depuis sa création (2012) de nombreuses activités dont l’une des production‐phare a été la carte des stocks de carbone du sol en décembre 2017. Les complémentarités avec l’Initiative 4 pour 1000 sont fortes, le carbone organique du sol étant un des axes de travail du GSP. Le GSP développe une base de données sur le carbone du sol (GLOSIS), prépare pour la fin de l’année un manuel technique sur les pratiques favorables au carbone du sol, des « Guidelines for measuring, mapping, monitoring and reporting SOC stock and stock changes” et Guidelines for assessing, mapping, monitoring and reporting on soil pollution”. Des Systèmes d’Information sur les sols sont en cours de mise en place au Cambodge, Amérique du Sud, Sao Tome, Amérique Latine et Caraïbes (SISLAC) et plusieurs productions cartographiques sont en cours de réalisation.

L’Initiative « 4 pour 1000 » a présenté ses activités durant la session plénière. Le Secrétaire exécutif du GSP, Mr. Ronald VARGAS ainsi que la présidente de l’ITPS, Dr. Rosa POCH ont fait état des relations et des collaborations avec l’Initiative « 4 pour 1000 » pour ce qui concerne l’importance du carbone organique des sols. L’Initiative « 4 pour 1000 » a réaffirmé sa volonté de développer ces relations tant au niveau des échanges de contributions entre comités scientifiques (ITPS et CST), qu’au niveau de la participation à diverse activités du GSP telles que l’organisation de réunions et conférences (réunions du réseau des sols noirs, GSOC, etc…).

* Symposium “Agriculture is the Solution! For climate change” - May 13-15, 2019, Otsu City (Japan)

This symposium was co-organized by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and the “4 per 1000” Initiative. It took place back to back to the 49th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, from the 8th to 12th May 2019 in Kyotoright next to Otsu. This jointly organized event was supported by FAO, the World Bank and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, among others. More details on the symposium here:

See the video made by Regeneration International: Agriculture is the Solution to Climate Change: We Must Invest in Soil Health

* Creation of the Bureau of the “4 per 1000” Initiative

At the last Consortium meeting in Katowice, it was decided to create a Bureau of the “4 per 1000” Initiative. The “purpose” of the Bureau is to provide the initiative with a support and advisory body for the work of the Presidency and the Executive Secretariat, within the framework of the operational program of the initiative between two meetings of the Consortium. It plays also a  role of animation in the colleges of partners and members of the Initiative. It is composed of 13 members, among which 8 titulars and 5 alternates from the each colleges, elected for a term of 2 years (and maximum two consecutive terms). Elections took place in July 2019. The first meeting of the Bureau will be held by September....Congratulations to the members of this newly establish Bureau.

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* 4p1000 first call for formative assessment of projects

This original idea aims to bring out field projects in the spirit and framework of the objectives of the "4 per 1000" Initiative, projects to be submitted to the STC evaluation. Projects that receive a positive appraisal will be offered to major international donors who will be able to grasp them and submit them to their own selection criteria for funding. The call opens on July 15 and closes on September 30, 2019.

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* Réseau CaSA (Carbone des Sols pour une Agriculture Durable en Afrique)

Il est désormais possible de demander en ligne à devenir membre du réseau CaSA (Carbone des Sols pour une Agriculture Durable en Afrique) :

La demande doit être accompagnée d'une lettre d'engagement signée par le responsable d'équipe (

L'engagement consiste à participer aux activités, principalement via messagerie (forum), avec quelques actions concrètes. Cette année, le réseau travaille à la finalisation d'un ouvrage, à la mise en place d'un échange d'échantillons de sol inter laboratoire (en construction) et à la réalisation d'une base de données.

* Agro 2019 Fair - 4 - 7 juin 2019, Kiev

The Executive Secretary of the "4 per 1000" Initiative, Mr. Paul LUU has been invited by the French Embassy to present the 4p1000 Initiative. Among other partners, he met Ukrainian research institutions :The Bioenergy Crops and Sugar Beet Institute, the National Scientific Center «Institute for Soil Science and Agrochemistry Research named after O.N. Sokolovsky» (NSC ISSAR), the Research Institute of Agroecology and Environmental (NAAS).

Ukraine, with its useful agricultural area of 42 million hectares and its farms varying in size from family farms of a few hectares to farms of several thousand hectares, is also the richest country in black soils, high in organic matter. The purpose of this visit was to highlight the particularities of Ukrainian agriculture and to discuss with the authorities, including Mrs. Olga Trofimtseva, Acting Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, and Mrs. Olena Kovalova, Vice -Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, of the importance of legal and regulatory texts under discussion in Parliament in the field of land, highlighting soil organic carbon (decreasing for years on the scale of country). Conversion pathways to soil conservation agriculture were also discussed with key players in Ukrainian agriculture.

* 4th World Congress on Agroforestry - May 20 - 22, 2019 - Montpellier, France

Organized by Cirad and Inra, the 4th congress follows earlier World Congresses on Agroforestry in Orlando in 2004, Nairobi in 2009  and New Delhi in 2014. The Congress’ theme was "Agroforestry - Strengthening links between science, society and policy". 1200 scientists, farmers, policy makers and diverse agroforestry practitioners made of the world congress of agroforestry an intense, lively and stimulating event.

Claire Chenu, a STC member, presented a communication on "High organic inputs explain shallow and deep SOC storage in a long-term agroforestry system" at the session "Mitigating climate change with agroforestry". Other sessions covered topics meaningful for the 4p1000 initiative: agroforestry and adaptation to climate change, agroforestry adoption…Several meta-analyses of the carbon sequestration in soils in agroforestry systems were presented and new coefficients accounting for this sequestration that have been adopted by IPCC.

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* International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment ISAE 2019 28th February 2019 at The Blue Water, Wadduwa, Sri Lanka

On the initiative of the Faculty of Agriculture of Ruhuna University, this annual symposium aimed to make an update on topics related to agriculture and environment. The inaugural session, in presence of the Sri Lankan Minister of Agriculture and officials of Ruhuna University and of the Faculty of Agriculture, included an inspiring talk by Mr. Herman Brouwer, Adviser on multi-stakeholder commitment to the Center for Development Innovation at Wageningen University Research. The Symposium was the occasion for numerous presentations and exchanges between international and local participants. Thanks to this annual event, but also the strength of these 10 faculties, Ruhuna University, that joined the "4 for 1000" Initiative in 2018, strengthens its position as Sri Lanka's first university.

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* Conference on the "4 per 1000" at the French Embassy in Sri Lanka on May 10, 2019

Good attendance yesterday to the conference on "4 per 1000" organized by the French Embassy in Sri Lanka and the agricultural attaché of New Delhi in India (competent to Sri Lanka). Nearly 70 persons coming from various places in Sri Lanka and from administrations, NGOs as well as private business, were present. The opening speech was pronounced by Hon. P. Harrison, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affiairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development  of Sri Lanka. Prof. Leelamani Jayasighe from University of Ruhuna presented the situation of Sri Lanka concerning the 4 per 1000 Initiative. 

In the afternoon, together with Françoise Moreau-Lalanne, French agricultural Attaché in New Delhi compétent for Sri Lanka, Paul Luu met Ms. Hasanthi Urugodawatte Dissanayake, Director General of Ocean Affairs, Environment and Climate Change of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She will help in order to have Sri Lanka join the 4 per 1000 Initiative.

* “The International Meeting of Agriculture of the Living”, Paris, February, 20-24, 2019

Durant 4 jours, plus de 400 représentants de nombreux pays partisans d’une agriculture fondée sur des sols vivants, se sont réunis à Paris. Un vent d’optimisme en faveur d’une agriculture de conservation des sols, voire régénérative a soufflé sur la maison internationale de la Cité Universitaire. Des présentations d’excellent niveau, faites par des agriculteurs eux-mêmes ou des professionnels innovants dans leurs filières, ont permis aux participants de témoigner des succès de cette agriculture fondé sur la santé des sols, à l’origine même de la santé des animaux et des hommes.

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Archived events & news from 2018

* California Secretary of Agriculture, Karen ROSS, announced the official launching of the Global soil health challenge by California and France

This announcement has been made during the 2018 Summit that brings together leaders from state, tribal, and local governments, business, and citizens from around the world, to demonstrate how the tide has turned in the race against climate change, showcase climate action taking place around the world, and inspire deeper commitments from each other and from national governments in support of the Paris Agreement.

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* Scientists call for 8 steps to increase global soil carbon for climate action and food security - International coordination and financing essential

BURLINGTON, VERMONT (3 Dec 2018) – Leading scientists call for action to increase global soil carbon, in advance of the annual climate summit of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice, Poland (COP24) and World Soil Day (5 Dec).

Modalities for climate action in agriculture will be addressed 3 December at the first workshop of the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, a breakthrough initiative of the 2017 UNFCCC climate negotiations.

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Read the article in Nature - vol 564 - December 6, 2018 

Lire l'article paru sur le site Cirad : Vincent Blanfort : «L’agriculture a enfin sa place dans les négociations de la COP 24 sur le climat»

* The French scientific community launches the "Appel de Sète"

On the eve of the COP24, that will take place in Poland from December 3rd to 14th, a workshop mobilized the French scientific community on 7 and 8 November to meet the challenges of the "4 for 1000" initiative. Since COP21, the French scientific community is strongly mobilized around this initiative on soils for food security and climate. On the occasion of this workshop, the scientific community has launched a call to fund an ambitious scientific program: the "Appel de Sète", which has already collected some fifty signatures, among them researchers from CIRAD, CNRS, IDDRI, INRA, IRD, IRSTEA, and also partners from Brazil, Spain, Madagascar, Senegal and Morocco.

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Final report (in French)

* 5th International Rice Congress, Oct. 14-17, 2018, Singapore

Held every four years,it is organized by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). The 4 per 1000 Initiative  co-organized with IRRI a 3.5-hour session led by Drs Pauline Chivenge and Ole Sander, IRRI scientists on "Carbon Sequestration for Climate Change Mitigation". Download the program.

It included 4 plenary talks and 6 rapid fire talks of 5-10 min each followed by general discussion. The session focused on the possibilities, limitations and benefits of increasing soil carbon sequestration in rice soils to meet the objectives of the 4 per mille initiative. In general, most rice soils, which are characterized by flooding during paddy management, are rich in soil organic carbon. Thus, maintaining SOC and preventing greenhouse gas emissions (CH4 and N2O) is critical. However, due to climate change, prolonged wetting through irrigation may no longer be possible and cultivation of other crops during dry periods with emphasis on SOC enhancement is becoming more important. The participants reviewed on-going work on soil organic carbon in rice soils in relation to changing land and water management and climate, and examined areas of research to increase or maintain soil C in rice soils. The participants also discussed the proposal of initiating a global consortium on SOC in rice soils and there was a strong support for IRRI to lead such an effort in collaboration with 4p 1000 and other stakeholders including national programs. A workshop was also suggested to come up with the objectives, possible policy brief, publication and awareness campaign for the consortium.  The group also suggested that the workshop include emerging issues on soil health, residue burning, and use of remote sensing. The group also agreed to publish a proceeding of the symposium.

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* International Conference on Agricultural GHG Emissions and Food Security, Sep. 10-13 2018, Berlin

Under the aegis of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) the “International Conference on Agricultural GHG Emissions and Food Security – Connecting Research to Policy and Practice” (AgriGHG 2018 Conference) focused on policies and innovative practices that can help mitigate agricultural GHG emissions while ensuring sustainable and resilient agricultural production and enhanced food security. 

The 4 per 1000 Executive Secretariat supported the event with a field trip on the last day with the title "How to achieve the 4 per 1000 goal? – Demonstrations of Soil Organic Matter Management in Brandenburg". Two dairy farms were visited and strategies to cope with natural variability to maintain and increase soil organic matter were discussed. A good soil organic matter management was highlighted by the farmers as helpful for coping with extreme weather events such as the drought experienced in Germany in summer 2018.

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* 21st World Congress of Soil Science - Aug. 12-17, 2018, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

The Congress was organised by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), the Latin American Soil Science Society (SLCS) and the Brazilian Soil Science Society (SBCS). One session was dedicated to the initiative "4 per 1000": "The organic matter of the soil to preserve the food and the water and the initiative “4 per 1000". This session was chaired by Beata Madari, member of the Scientific and Technical Committee. It brought together more than 150 people and saw the interventions of Claire Chenu, also STC member, and Budiman Minasny, among others. Key issues were discussed, e.g. permanence of storage, carbon stabilization and the future of the science-policy dialogue. The latter relied on recent articles on carbon storage in initiative systems, such as "Increasing Organic Soil Stocks in Agricultural Soils: Knowledge Gaps and Potential Innovations", Claire Chenu et al. 2018.
Furthermore, as part of the "Carbon sequestration potential of soils" session, led by Claire Chenu and Denis Angers, the article by M. Corbeels, R. Cardinael, K. Naudin, H. Guibert and E. Torquebiau "The 4 per 1000 goal and soil carbon storage under agroforestry and conservation agriculture systems in sub-Saharan Africa " and the first results of the project" Scale out the 4 per 1000 initiative " were presented by Julien Demenois. The carbon storage potentials of agroforestry and conservation agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa were presented. The need to develop multistakeholder approaches in the context of agricultural innovation systems was also put forward to ensure the dissemination of practices contributing to the objectives of the 4 per 1000 initiative.

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* East Africa soil carbon workshop Science to Inform Policy - CIAT, Nairobi - 17-18 April, 2018

On 17 and 18 April 2018, a group of experts from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda as well as from international institutions working in East Africa including CIAT, ICRAF, CIMMYT, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Wageningen University and CIFOR came together in Nairobi for a regional workshop on Soil Carbon with the subtitle “Science to Inform Policy”. The 4 per 1000 initiative was presented and acknowledged for its global impact.

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* World Sustainable Development Summit 2018 - New Delhi - 15-17 Feb. 2018

The second edition of WSDS builds on the success and legacy of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) which was the leading forum for discussing sustainable development issues. The DSDS held under the aegis of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change with support from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India was an epitome of Track 2 diplomacy .

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* Soils & Climate: matching promise in agricultural soils with action - Londres - 8 février 2018

A l’Initiative de The Nature Conservancy (TNC) s'est tenue à Chattam House, une journée de réflexion intitulée «Soils & climate: from hidden depths to centre stage? ». L’Initiative « 4 pour 1000 » faisait partie du comité d’organisation de cet évènement. 

Soils & climate: from hidden depths to centre stage? Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy - March 2018

Archived events & news from 2017

* One Planet Summit - Paris - 12 décembre 2017

A l’occasion du « One Planet Summit » qui s’est tenu à Paris en décembre dernier, l’Initiative « 4 pour 1000 » a organisé en collaboration avec le Comité Technique « Foncier et Développement » et avec le soutien de l’AFD et de la Banque Mondiale dans les locaux de cette dernière, la « Rencontre de haut niveau « FONCIER ET SEQUESTRATION DU CARBONE DANS LES SOLS » les 13 et 14 décembre. Le programme et les notes de cadrage des 3 tables rondes composant cette rencontre en comité restreint sont téléchargeables ici.

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* Symposium Sols vivants - Montréal - 13-15 octobre 2017

Interview diffusé sur CTV News Montreal

Video produite par Regeneration Canada

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* World Future Council awards to the "4 per 1000 Initiative" the international prize for best policies to combat desertification, Sep.12, 2017, Ordos, China

The Future Policy Award (FPA) ceremony was held at the thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD in Ordos, Inner Mongolia (China). The international “Oscar for best policies” honours laws and practices that successfully combat desertification and land degradation. The FPA is awarded by the World Future Council (WFC) in cooperation with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Among the laureates are the Ethiopian Tigray region, Brazil, China and the “4 per 1000 Initiative”.

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World Future Council Brochure: Combating Desertification and Land Degradation: The World’s Best Policies