News related to the "4 per 1000" Initiative
University of Aberdeen is recruiting
University of Aberdeen is recruiting for a tenured post in the modelling team at lecturer/senior lecturer level. The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 December 2019. More information here
Summary of our July 2019 online survey - Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions
Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions, a consulting firm, is pleased to release the summary of our July 2019 online survey of soil policy experts regarding policy formulations to promote healthy soils and soil carbon sequestration. This survey asked respondents to rate numerous potential policy options, as well as to share their additional comments and suggestions. Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions thanks all the survey respondents for taking the time to share their ideas, and hope this summary of responses will help advance promising soil carbon sequestration and healthy soils policies.
A Call for Action - Climate Action Summit 2019
Appel à communications Numéro spécial d'Etude et Gestion des Sols "Les services rendus par les sols"
La revue Etude et Gestion des Sols prévoit d’éditer un numéro spécial consacré à la thématique des services rendus par les sols. En effet, ce concept a fait l’objet récemment de nombreux travaux de recherches fondamentale et appliquée, dont ce numéro spécial se propose d’illustrer les avancées et les domaines d’application. Son édition est confiée à I. Cousin (INRA Orléans), T. Eglin (Ademe) et C. Walter (Agrocampus Ouest).
Ce numéro a vocation à traiter spécifiquement des services et/ou fonctions rendu(e)s par les sols. Des contributions originales sur les thématiques suivantes sont sollicitées : i) des réflexions conceptuelles ou critiques sur la thématique des services écosystémiques auxquels contribuent les sols – ou des services rendus par les sols -, ii) des propositions d’indicateurs de services ou de fonctions, iii) la mise au point de méthodologies d’évaluation des services rendus par les sols, iv) des exemples d’évaluation – biophysiques et/ou socio-économiques –des services rendus. Deadline pour la soumission d'un article : 30 novembre 2019
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently published a special report on climate change and land
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently published a special report on climate change and land. For too long, agriculture was seen merely as a greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter, yet it has major potential to mitigate and adapt to climate change, as highlighted by the 4 per 1000 initiative. The IPCC report lists and assesses several possible solutions, in the light of various criteria. Julien Demenois, ecology researcher and 4 per 1000 correspondent at CIRAD, deciphers its contents.
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.
One Planet Business of Biodiversity (OP2B)
Global biodiversity is declining faster than any time in human history, warn scientists from around the world. According to the global assessment report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published in May 2019, 1 million species out of the estimated 8 million on earth, are facing extinction within decades. Yet biodiversity is the foundation of our societies, businesses, health and quality of life.
Decades of investment and agricultural models based on efficiency and productivity to meet the needs of a growing global population are highly impacting biodiversity, food diversity and ecosystems.
To reverse the trend, Livelihoods Venture, partner of the 4p1000 Initiative, and 18 major companies are launching One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B), an innovative, global coalition with one common goal: transform the food and agriculture systems to protect biodiversity, for the benefit of planet and people. Committed to build sustainable agricultural models while preserving natural ecosystems, Livelihoods Venture is joining the coalition and will bring support in its 3 pillars for action: regenerative agriculture, product diversification and restoration of ecosystems. OP2B coalition was announced yesterday at the United Nations Climate Summit, in New York City.
Paru dans la presse
« Agriculture : réconcilier les mondes pour préserver nos terres » par Didier Guillaume, Ministre de l’Agriculture et de l’Alimentation ; Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Secrétaire exécutif du Nouveau partenariat pour le développement de l’Afrique (Nepad), Président de l’initiative « 4 pour 1000 » et Jean-Pierre Rennaud, Président du Conseil scientifique de Planet A, cofondateur de Livelihoods venture et Président du conseil d’administration de Supagro Montpellier - L’Opinion, 24 juin 2019
INRA - Étude de faisabilité de « 4 pour 1000 » en France : préserver et augmenter les stocks de carbone dans le sol
À la demande de l’Ademe et du ministère de l’Agriculture et de l’Alimentation, l’Inra a conduit une étude sur le potentiel de stockage en carbone des sols français (hors outre-mer) et a dévoilé les résultats de celle-ci le 13 juin 2019. Ces travaux se réfèrent aux termes de l’initiative 4 pour 1000, lancée lors de la COP 21 à Paris en 2015 qui consiste à accroître la teneur en carbone organique des sols mondiaux d’au moins 4‰ par an. Ce niveau de stockage équivaut aux émissions actuelles de gaz à effet de serre dans l’atmosphère, mais ne doit pas laisser penser que la réduction des émissions soit devenue facultative. Elle reste même l’objectif principal.
Submission to Decision FCCC/SB/2018/L1 on the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA).
Topic 2(d) Improved nutrient use and manure management towards sustainable and resilient agricultural system.
The submission is submitted by a group of research and higher education institutions and programs, observers and non-observers to the UNFCCC. The “4 per 1000” Scientific and Technical Commitee took part in these works and is a signatory like certain members and partners of the college "Research and training bodies".
The « 4 per 1000 » Initiative’ submissions / Koronivia process
For information, the "4 per 1000" Initiative with UNCCD, Global Soil Partnership, ITPS, Drynet, ICRAF - World Agroforestry, CGIAR - CCAFS, has submitted, as part of the Koronivia Process (KJWA), the following proposals.
The "4 per 1000" initiative, CCAFS and the University of Vermont co-organized with Cirad, INRA and IRD, a SBSTA50 side event “Enhancing NDC ambition through soil organic carbon sequestration: A science-policy dialog” on 26 June in Bonn (Germany)
To read the publication “Enhancing Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) ambition for soil organic carbon protection and sequestration - Dr. Liesl Wiese, Dr. Viridiana Alcantara-Shivapatham, Dr. Lini Wollenberg, click here
The Koronivia workshop on soils showed a constant interest in science, particularly in MRV and co-construction of practices. It was introduced by a presentation by Claire Chenu, member of the Scientific and Technical Committee (STC) of the "4 per 1000" Initiative. The co-chair of the Integrated Research Group of the Global Research Alliance (GRA) on Soil Carbon and a member of the STC of the "4 per 1000" Initiative, Beverley Henri, presented the GRA; and Jean-François Soussana presented CIRCASA.
In conclusion, these points underlined by Claire Weill (INRA):
- Support for a quantified and practical soil organic carbon target for transparency in the NDC Uncertainty should not impede action, we can learn by doing (research).
- The good news is that we have co-benefits of carbon sequestration (adaptation, water, mitigation, biodiversity), which provides an entry point for action and opportunity for integrated approach to policy/programs/policy coherence
- Policy coherence and stability are necessary for long-term carbon sequestration
- Work with stakeholders to identify implementation strategies, relevant to country-specific conditions, taking into account existing national policies, programs and practices.
The next workshop in December at COP25 in Santiago de Chile will focus on "Improving nutrient use and livestock manure management for sustainable and resilient agricultural systems" and submissions are expected by 30 September.
Sustainable Land Management and Land Restoration_ elearning course now available
The course focuses on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices, and their place within the global development agenda, specifically in order to achieve target 15.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aims “to achieve a land degradation-neutral world”. The course assists policy makers, practitioners and land users in the selection, planning, implementation and monitoring of SLM interventions, and related enabling environment.
Soil SuperHeroes Campaign!
Carbon Farming Innovation Network Participants are thrilled to announce Phase 1 of the Soil SuperHeroes Campaign! Here it is! Please take a look – and share out the content. Everyone needs a Soil Superhero!
The Soil SuperHeroes campaign mission is to change the public narrative from “soil as dirt” to soil health as essential to reverse the climate crisis. The campaign will shine the light on Soil Superheroes with the goals of:
- Making a human connection between consumers and the farmers and companies that are leading the way.
- Increasing broad knowledge about the role that soil health plays in climate solutions, healthy food, water quality, biodiversity, global food security, and farmer/rural community well-being.
- Encouraging consumers to demand food that is grown in healthy soil.
- Inspiring other farmers and companies to follow in the footsteps of Soil SuperHeroes.
- Moving soil health awareness from 14% to 70% in five years.
You can get started right away!