News related to the "4 per 1000" Initiative
Call for Applications for partial renewal of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the “4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate”
Following the last meeting of the Consortium of the Initiative held in Madrid (Spain) on December 11, 2019, it was decided to fill only two of the four seats available as of 1 January in the Scientific and Technical Committee of the "4 for 1000" Initiative. The new call for applications is directed only to candidates with expertise in social sciences and/or economics.
The closing date for applications is Saturday 29 February 2020 midnight (Paris time).
Please forward this call to all your scientific network to increase the number of candidatures, keeping in mind that the candidates are not representing their institution nor their country, but will be selected for their own merits.
Call to participate in a session co-organized by Desertnet International and “4 per 1000” Initiative as part of Eurosoil 2020 (Geneva, Switzerland) - August, 24, 2020
The EUROSOIL congress was held for the first time in 2000, and organized every four years since then (Reading, GB in 2000; Freiburg, DE in 2004; Vienna, AU in 2008; Bari, IT in 2012; Istanbul, TR in 2016). The congress focuses on soil science. In recent editions, the environmental implications have been gaining importance. In each call, about 1000 scientists gathered in several dozen sessions with thousand oral and poster presentations. The aim of the 2020 edition of Eurosoil is "Connecting People and Soil" with special emphasis on the relationship between Soils and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. “The objective of Eurosoil 2020 is to bring together leading research scientists working on soil related topics and stakeholders dealing with issues of public concern, such as soil degradation and consequences of climatic changes. The important bridging role of soil practitioners to translate scientific knowledge into practice will be emphazised during Eurosoil 2020.”
The “Agricultural fields - Opportunities and limits of carbon and water storage” session will be organized in oral and poster presentation.
This session on soil organic carbon (SOC) sequestration in agricultural land is framed in SDG 13 to promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation. SOC sequestration is a tool for an effective transition to sustainability and climate change adaptation and mitigation. This is challenging in regions with water scarcity, as the process and benefits may be not that evident. The session pretends to answer the following questions:
- How long does it take to recognize the benefits of increased SOC?
- How SOC sequestration in soils improves the ability to withstand droughts?
- What are the limits of SOC sequestration in a given edaphoclimatic context?
Answers will help to design financial aid to accompany land users in their transition to land sustainability.
This session should be of interest to scientists, and policy and decision-makers. It is supported by two multi-stakeholder networks: Desertnet International and the “4 per 1000” Initiative. They will promote the participation of their members and associates and will look for testimonies of policy-makers and land users.
Click here to submit your contributions (deadline 20th February 2020)
Request for proposal - External Expert
Verra seeks an external expert to act as a consultant to review the technical aspects of a proposed new VCS methodology for regenerative agriculture to ensure its credibility and robustness. Before February 12, 2020. More information here.
Results of the 4p1000 first call for formative assessment of projects
Further to the first call closed in September 2019, 13 projects have been received. They are subject to the Scientific and Technical Committee (STC)'s expertise. The successful projects will be submitted to major international funders who will make their choice and submit them to their own selection funding process.
The title of the projects:
• PFA-01 Feed the Future Resilient Agricultural Markets Activity-Beira Corridor (RAMA-BC)
• PFA-02 Participatory Soil Carbon Management program in North West Region Cameroon (P.S.C.S.M.P. NWRC)
• PFA- 03 Land for Life
• PFA- 04 Programme agroforestier villageois avec les arbres fertilitaires
• PFA- 05 AGRICOAL
• PFA- 06 Wheat for climate and people (WPC)
• PFA- 07 Soil Restoration and Multifunctionality of degraded forest lanscapes in Ivory Coast (TERRI4SOL)
• PFA- 08 BioRenGaz
• PFA- 09 Circular Economy Household Waste Reduction and Long Term Carbon sequestration
• PFA- 10 Forest Harvest Waste Utilisation. Burn and Char soil amendment
• PFA-11 Objectif Terre
• PFA- 12 FrassiNova
• PFA- 13 Recuperación de suelos granja co-laborativa, para fomentar la soberania alimentaria.
Offre de stage (semestre 2020) - CAPAM - Cameroun
Le Centre d’Apprentissage, de Formation Professionnelle et de Promotion de l’Auto emploi des Jeunes dans les Métiers Agropastoraux (CAPAM) basé au Cameroun, recherche un ou une stagiaire de Mars à Septembre 2020 (période négociable). Ce stage s’adresse aux étudiants en Agronomie / Economie rurale / Gestion de projets.
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
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.
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.
World Soil Day - 5 December 2019
ISRIC has been updating their soil property maps for the world (SoilGrids250m). Numerous improvements were implemented since publication of the `2017 version’, making this a completely new product. A sneak preview is available here; the full version with supporting web viewer will be released around March 2020.
So far, the layers have been submitted to a first draft expert evaluation at ISRIC. We are aware that some layers are prone to change prior to their final release in early 2020. While we continue to address some of the identified issues, you are most welcome to help us improve SoilGrids by providing your expertise for the geographical areas you are most familiar with. For this, you are kindly invited to answer a few questions on the following form to help us to qualitatively evaluate the general patterns of the different layers. You may also help us by sharing soil profile data and soil expertise for your country.
FAO - Stop soil erosion, Save our future
World Soil Day 2019 (#WorldSoilDay) and its campaign "Stop soil erosion, Save our future" is envisaged to raise awareness on the importance of sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the increasing challenges in soil management and, raise the profile of healthy soil by encouraging governments, organizations, communities and individuals around the world to engage in proactively improving soil health. Small actions can have a significant impact on the health of our soils for Zero Hunger! For more information click here.
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!