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.
Conference website: https://globalclimateactionsummit.org/
4 per 1000 events
Second "4 per 1000" Initiative Day - December 13, 2018, Katowice, Poland
On the occasion of the UNFCCC COP 24 (3-14 December 2018) organized in Katowice, Poland, the "4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate" organizes, in partnership with the University of Silesia, the 2nd "4 per 1000 Initiative Day" on December 13, 2018.
This day, that will be held one year after the first edition, will become annual on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COPs and will bring together the 4th meeting of the Consortium of Members and the 3rd meeting of the Forum of Partners of the Initiative.
Conference website : https://4per1000day2018.sciencesconf.org/
First Africa “4 per 1000” Symposium: Building synergies across Africa to advance on soils for food security and climate - October 24 - 26, 2018, Johannesburg
The event is jointly organized by NEPAD, Regeneration International and the “4 per 1000” Initiative. The Symposium will bring together existing initiatives supported by NEPAD (AFR100, CAADP, GGW and CSA), as well as “AAA” Initiative to explore and identify synergies in terms of soil carbon and soil health.
First "4 per 1000" Initiative Day - November 16, 2017, Bonn, Germany
On the occasion of the UNFCCC COP 23 (6-17 November 2017) organized in Bonn, the "4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate" organized, with the support of the German Food and Agriculture Ministry (BMEL) and the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE), the "4 per 1000 Initiative Day" on 16 November 2017. The Iniative Day includes the 2nd Forum of partners and the 3rd Consortium of members
Conference website: https://4per1000day.sciencesconf.org/?lang=en
2nd Consortium of Members - June 29-30, 2017, Montpellier, France
This meeting gathered around one hundred participants, representing members from all continents (States and public bodies, higher education and research institutes, foundations, donors, NGOs, farmer associations...). Download presentations, reports and other documents in the dedicated website.
Conference website: https://4per1000.sciencesconf.org/
Upcoming events linked to the Initiative
Wageningen Soil Conference 2019: Understanding soil functions - August 27 - 30, 2019 Wageningen, the Netherlands
As in previous editions, the aim of this conference is to discuss the importance of soils. In the 2019 edition, the focus will be on “Understanding soil functions: from ped to planet”. To do this, they will adopt a new style of conference, with traditional conference talks in the mornings, followed by a range of scientific and interactive topic workshops in the afternoons.
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 is "Agroforestry - Strengthening links between science, society and policy". The session "Mitigating climate change with agroforestry" will especially address 4p1000 issues. Abstract submission is open until October 31st, 2018.
Conference website: https://agroforestry2019.cirad.fr
Transforming Tropical Agriculture Conference - Nov. 14-16, 2018 - Belmonpan, Belize
Organized by Regeneration International, expert farmers will debate on several topics, including 4 per 1000 issues. Entry is free and presentations will be in Spanish and English
Gestion durable des Sols en milieux aride et semi-aride - 6-8 novembre, 2018 - Niamey
Ce colloque international est organisé par l’université de Niamey au Niger. Il vise à regrouper des scientifiques et des usagers du sol pour échanger sur les progrès réalisés en matière de connaissance et d’aménagement des sols des régions arides et semi-arides en vue d’une utilisation optimale des ressources en eau et en sol. Il se veut aussi un lien d’échange entre pédologues, agronomes, hydrologues, écologues, biologistes, mais aussi économistes et sociologues.
Site de la conférence : https://gdsfauam.com/
Past events linked to the initiative
5th International Rice Congress, Oct. 14-17, 2018, Singapore
The 5th International Rice Congress (IRC2018) is the biggest gathering of thought leaders, scientists, policymakers, agriculture experts, and technology providers from the world of rice research. Held every four years,it is organized by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and provides a venue for all players in the rice industry to meet, share, and learn about the latest game-changing innovations, cutting-edge technologies, and crucial policies shaping the future of the globe's most important staple crop. The 4 per 1000 Initiative will co-organize with IRRI a session on "Carbon Sequestration for Climate Change Mitigation". Download the program.
Conference website: http://ricecongress2018.irri.org/
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.
Conference website: https://www.agrighg-2018.org/
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). The theme “Soil Science: Beyond food and fuel” was an invitation to answer questions like: How to feed a hungry planet? How to fuel an energy-hungry planet? How to quench a thirsty planet? How to clean up our polluted planet? How to reach a balance between protection of biodiversity and sustainable land management for agriculture production? These, among many other questions, are subjects related to the multiple functions of soil.
Conference website : https://www.21wcss.org/
Soil organic matter management in agriculture - Assessing the potential of the 4per1000 initiative - May 29-30, 2018, Braunschweig, Germany
This conference was organized by the Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture, a research institution part of the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The conference identified the amount of C input to the soil as the key to maintain and increase SOC stocks. It was stressed that external C inputs should be applied considering efficient nutrient balance. It was shown that monitoring a SOC increase of 0.4% is possible when properly designed. The need for a synergistic view on options to enhance SOC and the importance of networks for knowledge sharing were highlighted
Conference website : http://www.som-management.org/about/
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.
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 .
Conference website: http://wsds.teriin.org/index.php
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.
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.
Site de la conférence: https://www.oneplanetsummit.fr/fr/?id_gis=26
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”.