News related to the "4 per 1000" Initiative

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.

4p1000 regional strategies - Call for papers

The STC of the 4p1000 initiative is calling for papers on region-specific sustainable management practices to increase soil carbon sequestration. These papers are intended to be published in a Special Issue of the international journal ‘Regional Environmental Change’ (SpringerNature, impact factor: 3.1) with the title:

Sustainable management practices to increase soil carbon sequestration: what are their contribution to climate change mitigation, adaptation and food security in different ecosystems and regions of the world?

Increasing soil carbon sequestration through sustainable resource use and the introduction of economically sound and environmentally viable management practices has multiple benefits, which should not be outweighed by negative impacts. The special issue intends to provide a region specific overview of SOC sequestration possibilities, adequate and innovative practices and their benefits for climate change mitigation, adaptation, the resilience of food systems, and food security. We look for original research from experimental work or review articles on the:

  • impact of soil and agricultural system management on SOC sequestration, including innovative technologies to enhance SOC and/or maintain SOC at high levels;
  • diagnostics of barriers to adoption of adequate and innovative practices,
  • enabling environment for SOC sequestration (governance and market, policy, technology-knowledge transfer and training, education), its role and impact in the region;
  • co-benefits of SOC sequestration (e.g. environmental services, societal impact, economy). Focus is expected on quantitative information about the benefits of soil carbon;
  • regionally appropriate MRV systems that are innovative, practical and cost-effective;
  • Other remarkable region specific aspects of SOC sequestration.

We intend to have five sections from different regions of the word: America, Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania. Inter- and transdisciplinary studies involving biophysical and social sciences are very welcome. If you would like to contribute to the special issue, please send your proposition, including title, region (including sub-region if relevant), abstract (300 words) and date at which your paper could be submitted before December 5, 2019, to the applicable contact persons (see below). Tentative deadline for submission of full manuscripts is June 1st, 2020.

Further information 

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- 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.

INRA - Offre d’emploi CDD

L’INRA recrute un(e) ingénieur ou docteur en sciences du sol dans les domaines de l’agronomie et de la foresterie. Plus d’informations ici

Le Centre de Développement de l’Agroécologie (CDA) recrute

Un(e) chargé(e) de mission RetD et expérimentation en agroecologie. Candidature à adresser avant le 15/12/2019. Plus d’informations ici

European Commission Joint Research Centre - Recruitment

FG IV - Project Officer - Scientific Research - Soil degradation assessment. More information here

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

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.

Lire l’offre de stage ici. Lire la présentation du CAPAM ici. Voir le dépliant d’ADD (Alternatives Durables pour le Développement) ici.

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.

Further information

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.

Further information

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.

Lire le communiqué de presse

Lire le résumé de l’étude Stocker 4 pour 1000 de carbone dans les sols : le potentiel en France

Summary in English 

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!

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