Upcoming events linked to the Initiative

8th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture (8WCCA) - POSTPONED 2021, Bern (Switzerland)

The theme of the Congress is: Profitable and Sustainable Farming with Conservation Agriculture.

Conservation Agriculture (CA) is acknowledged to be a sustainable system of agricultural intensification which improves soil health and thus, will be a key element to ensure the production of food and other agricultural products, while providing additional ecosystem services, even under the threatening scenarios involving the consequences of climate change and larger world population. During the three days of the Congress, manifold topics will be discussed in depth in plenary sessions, panel discussions, parallel sessions and poster sessions, with the objective to promote a wider adoption of CA worldwide.

Congress website

Eurosoil 2020: Connecting people and soil - 24-28 August 2020 - Geneva, Switzerland

Eurosoil 2020 objective 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 emphasized. 

The initiative 4 per 1000 will co-organize with Desertnet International a session titled "The “Agricultural fields - Opportunities and limits of carbon and water storage” featuring oral and poster presentations. 

Conference website: https://eurosoil2020.com/

IUCN World Conservation Congress - 11-19 June, 2020 - Marseille, France

The IUCN World Conservation Congress is where the world comes together to set priorities and drive conservation and sustainable development action. The event has three main components: The Members’ Assembly, where IUCN Members vote on priority actions; the Forum, a global marketplace of conservation science and innovation; and the Exhibition, where exhibitors can showcase their work to Congress participants and the public.


Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20) - June 1-3, 2020 - Roma, Italy

The Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20), ‘Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity’ will be a science-policy meeting, held over three days, (initially scheduled from March 10 to 12), will take place from June 1 to 3, 2020, at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy. Jointly organized by the UN FAO and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), together with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) and the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI). The main objective is to fill some critical knowledge gaps and promote discussion among policy makers, food producers, scientists, practitioners and other stakeholders on solutions to live in harmony with nature, and ultimately, achieve the SDGs through the conservation and sustainable use of soil biodiversity.

Conference website

Formation Biofunctool : indicateurs d'évaluation de la santé des sols - du 11 au 13 mai 2020 - Montpellier

Biofunctool® a été créé pour évaluer trois fonctions du sol portées par les assemblages biologiques du sol (dynamique du carbone, cycle des nutriments, maintien de la structure). Biofunctool® consiste en l’agrégation de 9 indicateurs de terrain et « low-tech », à travers un index synthétique permettant de scorer la santé des sols. L’objectif principal de cette formation est de présenter et accompagner les participants à la mise en place des indicateurs Biofunctool® pour évaluer la santé des sols sur le terrain. Les objectifs pédagogiques sont :

  • Décrire les théories et concepts liés aux méthodes d’évaluations de la santé des sols.
  • S’initier à la préparation et mise en place des outils Biofunctool® et aux mesures de terrain.
  • Comprendre et utiliser les méthodes statistiques permettant l’analyse des données Biofunctool® et leurs agrégations sous forme d’un scoring de santé des sols.

Date limite d'inscription : 13/03/2020


“Enhancing investment in soil health and carbon storage: Frontiers for linking finance and carbon accounting” - 30th March 2020, World Bank, 1225 Connecticut Ave, N.W., Washington, DC

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Nature Conservancy, World Bank and the “4 per 1000” Executive Secretariat are pleased to invite you to a workshop entitled ‘Enhancing investment in soil health and carbon storage: Frontiers for linking finance and carbon accounting‘

To read the program, click here.

Conférence-débat "De l'érosion à la restauration des sols : impact sur le bilan du carbone " - REPORTE - Montpellier

Dans le cadre des animations scientifiques "4 pour 1000 - sol et climat" du Cirad, la conférence-débat "De l'érosion à la restauration des sols : impact sur le bilan du carbone " du Dr Eric Roose, a été reportée à une date ultérieure.

La conférence pourra être suivie en streaming sur le site du cirad 

Dr Eric Roose, agropédologue, ingénieur agronome et forestier de l'université de Louvain, directeur de recherche émérite IRD, à présent retraité. Membre fondateur et animateur infatigable du réseau Erosion, éditeur de son Bulletin du Réseau Erosion (1981 à 2004, 24 tomes, plus de 12 000 pages pour le compte de l'AUF Agence universitaire de la francophonie), expert FAO, auteur 350 publications et de plusieurs ouvrages de référence, dont Gestion conservatoire de l'eau, de la biomasse et de la fertilité des sols (GCES) pour le compte de la FAO (1994), Soil erosion & carbon dynamics (2008) et Restauration de la productivité des sols tropicaux et méditerranéens, contribution à l’agroécologie (2017) https://www.editions.ird.fr/auteur/271/Eric%20Roose.

Past events linked to the initiative

Northeast Healthy Soil Network Symposium: Preparing the Northeast Agricultural Sector for an Uncertain Future - Feb 20-21, 2020 - Boston, USA

The Symposium is organized by Tufts University, the 4p1000 Initiative, the French Consulate in Boston and the French Embassy in the US. It will focuses on:

  1. Farm Viability in the Northeast: What are the financial needs to keep our farms in business, and where can we generate these finances? The outcomes of healthy soil management overlap with existing state goals for increasing water quality, nutrition, infrastructure and climate change mitigation.   

  2. Demonstrating benefits: Aligning soil health measurement systems with our need for data on ecosystem and social service outcomes. Consolidating existing data to support argument for increased state expenditure on healthy soils farming and market expansion. 

The conference on Friday 21 is open to all, while Thursday 20 is only upon invitation

Further information

Conference website

Mission on Horizon Europe: Design and Impact by and for the Spanish Society - Dec 12, 2019 - Madrid

The event was organized by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, and by the Ministry for Ecological Transition, within the framework of the COP25 held at IFEMA-Madrid. The general purpose of this event was to report on the next European Framework Program for Science and Technology, Horizon Europe, and discuss a novel part of it: the Missions. The day was proposed as an exercise to discuss and contribute to the design and content of the five areas defined in the Missions, among which is the Mission on “Soil health and Food”.

The event had a general introduction by the European Commission (Neville Reeve, Unit A4), followed by an institutional opening with debate by Pedro Duque, Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, and Lina Gálvez, Vice President of the Commission of Industry, Research and Energy of the European Parliament (ITRE).

The debate in the Soil and Food Mission group was led by a representative of the European Commission (Annette Schneegans), a representative of the Steering Committee (Carmen Vela) and a representative of the Subgroup for Missions of the Parallel Program Committee (“Shadow ”) from Horizon Europe (Rocío Lansac). The meeting was attended by a large group of professionals related to the subject (ca. 30) of different participating entities (“Stakeholders”) and was moderated by José Manuel González of CDTI. Paloma MELGAREJO atended the event as 4p1000 Initiative representative.

The initial objective of the meeting was to identify interests regarding the Mission, such as areas of action, challenges and challenges; actions to develop; instruments in Horizon Europe; necessary innovations and mechanisms for synergies.

More information on this link.

"Soil and the SDGs: challenges and need for action", Brussels, November, 25, 2019

This conference aimed to provide an opportunity for policy makers, public institutions, researchers, industry and civil society to exchange knowledge and practices on the implementation in the EU of soil and land-related SDGs. Throughout the day, representatives from the EU institutions and Member States, the European Environmental Agency, the scientific community and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) provided insights on the issue from different perspectives.

Jean-François Soussana (INRA, France), Vice-chair of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the Initiative 4p1000, presented the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land as a co-author of the report. Paloma MELGAREJO, Scientific Officer of the 4p1000 Executive Secretary also attended the conference.

For more details about the conference, click here

Second Ministerial Conference of the Initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) to climate change (Ben Guerir, Morocco, November 4-5, 2019)

Morocco convened the second ministerial conference AAA. The objective was to place the AAA Initiative back on the international agenda and request additional transition funds for “climate-smart” agriculture. As food insecurity on the continent is exacerbated by climate change, three countries, Somalia, Chad and Tunisia, announced on Tuesday (November 5th) that they will join the AAA Foundation – a coalition of 35 African countries (out of 54) to bring the interests of Africa and its agriculture to the climate negotiations.

Launched on the occasion of COP22, the Triple A initiative: "Adaptation of African Agriculture", aims to reduce the vulnerability of Africa and its agriculture to climate change while ensuring food security for all Africans. The initiative promotes and fosters the implementation of concrete projects to improve soil management, control of agricultural water, climate risk management and financing capacities and solutions. Since its inception, AAA considered the 4 per 1000 Initiative in Africa to be the "soil" component of their own Initiative. Contacts were made for the development of a memorandum between the two initiatives with regard to their common objectives: soil health and carbon sequestration on the African continent.

This high-level event with significant resources was organized in partnership with the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) and the OCP group. It brought together 28 foreign delegations, including 21 African ministers, representatives of African governments, international financial institutions such as the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the African Bank of development (AfDB), the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra), AFD (French Development Agency), GIZ (Germany), ENABEL (Belgium), (…), Ms. Josefa Sacko, AUC (African Union Commission) Commissioner in charge of rural economy and agriculture, the OCP (Cherifian Office for Phosphates) as well as many internationally renowned scientists.

The ministers present asked the countries of the North to respect their commitments of the Paris Agreement and pleaded for more funding from international donors while recalling that they needed technical assistance to set up fundable projects. They deplored the low disbursement of available funds.

A joint declaration by the ministers present was adopted at the end of the conference

Roundtable "Carbon Farming Schemes in Europe" - Wednesday 9 October 2019 - Brussels

This roundtable is part of the study “Analytical support for operationalization of an EU Carbon Farming Initiative”, which is exploring the key to the development and wide scale adoption of carbon farming schemes in the European Union. Drawing on an extensive analysis of existing carbon farming schemes globally and within Europe, the event gave an opportunity to discuss with stakeholders the most promising concepts for carbon farming schemes in Europe, with an emphasis on how we translate these into results-based schemes fit for purpose in the EU. The outcomes of the roundtable inform the further exploration of carbon farming scheme concepts in Europe, to take place between autumn 2019 and spring 2020. Ultimately, this work will result in a guidance on operationalising results-based carbon farming schemes with the aim of facilitating their widespread uptake in Europe.

Seminario Internacional de Cambio Climatico y Seguridad Alimentaria «Desafios y oportunidades para la agricultura regional», Buenos Aires, 4 de Julio, 2019

El Seminario organizado conjuntamente por la Secretaria de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable, la Secretaria de Agroinduatria, el Ministerio de Producción y Trabajo de Argentina, el IICA y el GPS ha tenido como objetivo general canalizar el aporte de la agricultura a la mitigación del cambio climático y la contribución de los países del Cono Sur de América en la mejora del balance neto de carbono en los suelos. El Seminario ha constado de cuatro paneles. Paloma Melgarejo (Secretariado ejecutivo de la Iniciativa  « 4 por 1000») participó por videoconferencia al Panel 3 "Balance de carbono en el suelo" con el objetivo de conocer las metodologías y trabajos que están desarrollando las instituciones globales y de la Argentina para monitorear la dinámica del carbono en el suelo. Intervinieron también Ronald Vargas (Alianza Mundial de Suelos, FAO), Luis Urriza (Subsecretaría de Agricultura. Secretaría de Agroindustria), Federico Olmedo (EEA Mendoza, INTA) y Marcos Angelini (Instituto de Suelos –INTA).

Los videos de las intervenciones y las presentaciones se pueden consultar en el link:


2e édition du Forum Planet A - 27 & 28 Juin 2019 - Chalons en Champagne, France

Placée sous le haut patronage de Monsieur Emmanuel Macron, Président de la République Française, cette 2ème édition « Terre, matière, planète : la qualité des sols pour la santé du vivant » a ouvert des échanges croisant disciplines, enjeux et solutions, sous différents prismes et perspectives : scientifiques ; pratiques et innovations agricoles ; géopolitique ; politiques publiques et foncières ; questions sociales, sociétales, économiques et financières ; problématiques d’environnement, de biodiversité, de santé, d’alimentation…Ce forum a proposé des sessions d’ateliers et des présentations notamment :
• « Initiative 4 pour 1000 - L’agriculture, actrice majeure du climat » par Paul Luu, Secrétaire exécutif de l’Initiative « 4 pour 1000 »
• « L’agriculture, solution de remédiation et de protection des sols » par Pierre-Marie Aubert, Chercheur, coordinateur de l’initiative Agriculture européenne, IDDRI ; Claire Chenu, Professeur des sciences du sol, coprésidente de l’Initiative « 4 pour 1000 », ambassadrice spéciale pour l’année internationale des sols (2015) ; Erick Fernandes, Global lead Technology, innovation & climate, smart agriculture, Banque Mondiale ; Christian Huyghe, Directeur scientifique agriculture, INRA ; et François Mandin, Agriculteur, président du réseau APAD
• « Mesurer l’efficacité du stockage carbone » par Jean-François Soussana, Vice-président en charge de la politique internationale de l’INRA, co-président de la Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA).

Enfin, un Appel solennel des intervenants aux décideurs européens a été lancé pour que la prochaine Politique agricole commune prenne des dispositions réglementaires conditionnant les aides européennes à une obligation deprotection des sols (English version)

Discover the work from the forum by downloading the open book here

Site de la conférence

Food security and climate change: 4 per 1000 initiative new tangible global challenges - June 18-20, 2019 - Poitiers (France)

150 personnes ont assisté à cette conférence qui était conçue comme une réunion multipartite. Le programme était très riche et comprenait les contributions de scientifiques de renom appartenant à des domaines variés. La conférence a réuni critiques et partisans du « 4 pour 1000 ». Des représentants d'ONG, d'organisations agricoles et même de grandes entreprises ont exposé leur vision du « 4 pour 1000 ». Une journée a été consacrée à la controverse et à des tables rondes sur divers aspects autour de 4p1000 (y compris la controverse). La conférence a été un grand succès et extrêmement utile pour la communauté. C'était une bonne démonstration de la manière de procéder pour progresser dans cette organisation multipartite. 

Site de la conference : https://symposium.inra.fr/4p1000

Summary report by the conference chair

Workshop "Improved soil carbon, soil health and soil fertility under grassland and cropland as well as integrated systems, including water management" - June 18-19, 2019 - Bonn

This workshop was in the framework of the UNFCCC's Bonn Climate Change Conference in June 2019, under the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture of the SBI and SBSTA
Presentations from countries including Brazil, the Russian Federation and Senegal as well as the Global Soil Partnership and the UNCCD were held. All material and conclusions are available here. Claire Chenu, 4p100 STC member, made a presentation titled "Soil carbon: key to address vulnerabilities of agriculture to climate change and food security issues". 

A side event "Enhancing NDC ambition through soil organic carbon sequestration" was organized by the "4 per 1000" initiative, CCAFS and the University of Vermont and coorganized with Cirad, INRA and IRD. 

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