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
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
Representatives of civil society commit themselves for example to:
- Support an International Initiative on soils with a triple "win-win-win" goal
- Support agriculture and forestry as sectors contributing to the fight against climate change
- Mobilise the stakeholders to encourage them to take actions in order to conserve the soils for food security and climate
- Enable consumers to invest in a process to combat climate change through a choice of products derived from agricultural production methods closer to nature
- Recognize that soils are vital for life on Earth and that living soils preserve the biodiversity. Storing carbon in soils means combating the climate changes, increasing their fertility, their water retention capacity and thus potentially the yields, reducing their susceptibility to erosion. This enables rural families, farmers to better live from their work on the land, to make better use of them by remaining sedentary, and thus limits migratory flows
- Invest for the future by supporting some practices, projects, and policies that promote the carbon storage in soils with some multiple "win-win-win" goals
- Pursue the efforts undertaken for the recognition of the role of agriculture in the fight against climate change
- Find some causes, projects, farmers, foresters, communities to defend and support for their work and contribution to the collective effort
IN CONCRETE TERMS, HOW DO WE GET INVOLVED?
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