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
Donors and private foundations are especially committed to:
- Set themselves an ambitious target for support for development projects that facilitate the dissemination and implementation of agricultural practices that lead to an increase and/or stabilization of levels of organic matter and to protect agricultural soils from degradation
- Finance training and awareness-raising projects, research and development projects or the establishment of soil carbon monitoring systems
- Support the development of tools that estimate the impact of agricultural development projects on soil carbon.
- Help the agriculture and forestry sectors contribute to the fight against climate change
- Combat land degradation while having a positive impact on food security. Storing carbon in soils means combating climate changes, increasing their fertility, their water retention capacity and thus potentially 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
- Regulate through public policies to accompany the carbon storage in soils over time, beyond the usual practice of a five-year plan, using another temporal scale (half a century or century for example)
- Invest for the future by supporting some practices, projects, and policies that promote carbon storage in soils with some multiple "win-win-win" goals
- Work for the opening of carbon markets to new sectors such as agriculture and agroforestry
- Identify some practices, projects and policies in search of finance under the framework of donor goals (development banks, foundations, etc.)
IN CONCRETE TERMS, HOW DO WE GET INVOLVED?
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