Upcoming events linked to the Initiative
EU Green Week - 3 May to 13 June 2021 - online
The EU Green Week will take place from 3 May to 13 June 2021 dedicated to the theme ZERO POLLUTION for healthier people and planet. In this framework, the Initiative 4 per 1000 will hold a virtual fair on the theme "Reducing Greenhouse Gas - air pollution through improved soil health". This is the opportunity to raise the voices of our "4 per 1000" partners and friends. We would like to invite you of the "4 per 1000" Initiative to organize an own virtual event at the "4 per 1000" fair and create a web page on the electronic platform. You can use the event and the page to present yourself and your work, to show what you are doing. We consider this a great opportunity for getting to know each other.
MOOC "Soil and Climate : Issues, processes and strategies to protect and increase soil carbon stocks" - May 10 / July 20, 2021
The aim of the MOOC is to illustrate the central role of soils and the impacts of their agricultural or forestry uses on the climate. From an operational standpoint, its objective is to equip rural and forestry actors to support and develop forms of agriculture that can meet the challenges of climate change and food security. This online course (in English and French) is aimed at anyone who wants to improve their understanding of the role of agriculture and forestry in relation to climate. It lasts 6 weeks and registrations are open until July 7, 2021
5° European Agroforestry Conference - May 17 - 19, 2021 - online
The European Agroforestry Federation (EURAF) aims at promoting the use of trees on farms as well as any kind of silvopastoralism throughout the different environmental regions of Europe.The 5th European Agroforestry Conference is the biennial initiative of the European Agroforestry Federation to foster the science and practice of agroforestry across the European continent and beyond. The event brings together researchers, policy makers, agriculture and forest extension technicians, farmers, students to share and discuss current and emerging environmental and socioeconomic issues related to agroforestry.
Round Table: "Soil is Life, is Food, is Future" - June 28, 18-21h, 2021 - Online
The meeting is included in the list of events "All4Climate - Italy 2021" Program, under the aegis of the Italian Ministry of the Environment, co-organiser - with Great Britain - of the next Conference of the Parties (COP26) on Climate.The event aims to be a round table where different soil users can dialogue and establish common points to be addressed to the COP26.
The participation is free of charges but places available being limited, those who intend to take part should register rapidly here https://www.lasolastrada.it/registration/
The Soil at Risk symposium - June, 30, 2021 - Online
The symposium co-organised by the Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation, the Baltic Sea Action Group and the Forum for Environmental Information, invites researchers, farmers, businesses and decision-makers to answer vital questions together: How do we safeguard the soil for future generations? What kind of cultivation practices for soil regeneration are needed?
To learn more and register, please click here
8th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture (8WCCA) - June 21 - 23 2021- online
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.
Eurosoil 2020: Connecting people and soil - 23 - 27 august 2021 - online
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 - 3-11 September 2021- Marseille, France
In view of the sanitary situation associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, France and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have decided to postpone the IUCN World Conservation Congress, which was to be held in January 2021 in Marseille to September 2021.
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 Salt-Affected Soils - 13-16 September 2021- Tashkent (Uzbekistan).
Given the current threat of salt-affected soils and their impact on food security, FAO, the Global Soil Partnership and its Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) together with the Republic of Uzbekistan, will be organizing the Global Symposium on Salt-Affected Soils.
More information here.
COP26 postponement to Nov 1st -12, 2021
The COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19 to November 1st - 12, 2021.
The 4th Initiative Day will be held on Nov.10, 2021. Further information to come.
Past events linked to the initiative
Final conference of the H2020 project CIRCASA: Towards an International Research Consortium on Soil Carbon.- Feb. 10, 2021 - online
There was a grand 242 attendees from 49 countries! We are very pleased with this global outreach and greatly appreciate you joining us.
You can view the webinar recording here along with the slide-deck, you can find the summary of the event with the presentations on our website.
The International Research Consortium (IRC) on soil carbon will be rolled out next year and we will be sending news and further details to all Interested organizations in joining the IRC collaborative effort over the coming months. To formalize your interest in participating in the IRC, we kindly request you to send us the “expression of interest letter” (template), if you have not done it yet. If you have any questions or inquiries, we invite you to get in touch with Dr. Cristina Arias-Navarro: Cristina.firstname.lastname@example.org
World Soil Day Celebration 2020 - Keep Soil Alive, Protect Soil Biodiversity - Dec. 5th, 2020
Held every year on 5 December since 2014, World Soil Day celebrates the importance of healthy soils for healthy food and a healthy life. In 2020, World Soil Day will celebrate soil biodiversity under the motto "Keep soils alive, protect soil biodiversity". This day is an opportunity to highlight the importance of soil biodiversity for sustaining life on Earth and providing an essential, nature-based solution to many of our current global challenges such as food security, climate change mitigation and adaptation and poverty reduction. This year, given the current situation, the celebration took place online in the presence of the FAO DG, the CBD Executive Secretary and renowned international guests. Furthermore, a global report entitled "State of Knowledge on Soil Biodiversity" was launched during the celebration. This assessment is the result of a collaborative effort of more than 300 scientists from around the world and is expected to become a springboard in the field of soil biodiversity.
Planet A - #AgriTalks’ - “Acting for the development of food and economic sovereignty” - Nov. 23, 2020 - online
At the end of 2020, planet A® organized a series of 4 webinars ‘#AgriTalks’ on the theme “Acting for the development of food and economic sovereignty”. Paul Luu, Executive Secretary of the “4 per 1000” initiative, participated (also moderator) in AgriTalks n°3: “Food Sovereignty and the environment: leverage to reconcile and guarantee healthy, sufficient food that respects biodiversity”. The synthesis and replays of each #AgriTalks are available by clicking here. To watch the intervention of the President of the French Republic, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, at the end of the series of these 4 webinars (December 8, 2020) click here.
Enhancing investment in soil health and carbon storage: Frontiers for linking finance and carbon accounting” - 10th September 2020 - ONLINE
This event is co-organized by CCAFS-CGIAR, The Nature Conservancy, 4 per 1000 Executive Secretariat, World Bank and the Meridian Institute.This webinar aimed to support investment promoting soil health and carbon storage by improving accounting for soil carbon sequestration. Emerging technologies and innovation are enabling lower cost accounting that could help investors better demonstrate performance toward climate and soil health impacts. Unlocking finance to better support soil health and carbon sequestration could be transformative for food systems and the climate. The event brought together 525 attendees from 69 countries!
Read the SOC and Finance info note "How soil carbon accounting can improve to support investment- oriented actions promoting soil carbon storage
You can view the webinar recording here along with the slide-deck and other useful information regarding soil carbon accounting and finance: https://soilcarbon.weebly.com/participant-resources.htm
Northeast Healthy Soil Network Symposium: Preparing the Northeast Agricultural Sector for an Uncertain Future - Feb 20-21, 2020 - Boston, USA
The Symposium “Agriculture and Climate in the Northeast: Soil and Ecosystem Health” was jointly organized by the Tufts Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) and by the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) at TUFTS Unisersity and was sponsored by the French Ministry of Agriculture through the French Embassy in Washington D.C. and by the Consulate General of France in Boston. The Northeast Healthy Soil Network was gathering for this two-day symposium, to strengthen and aid the healthy soil movement in the Northeast region, by fostering communication and collaboration amongst all actors.
The first day was an in-depth policy working group on regional strategies for strengthening and spreading healthy soil management strategies for members of the Northeast Healthy Soil Network with focus on two topics: farm viability and ecosystem service measurement. That first day gathered agricultural stakeholders already involved in soil health programming, business strategy or policy activity and encourage knowledge exchange between groups, that means mainly farmers, scientists, NGOS from the North-East States. It was the opportunity to gather agricultural stakeholders with a shared goal, to strengthen a regional framework of collaboration towards advancing healthy soil agriculture in their region. Central points about Network member’s projects, work and all stakeholders supporting the spread of healthy soil agriculture in the Northeast discussed will be formatted so they can be posted to the Soil First web platform, a new organizing space for the soil health movement.
The second day was introduced by the Consul General of France in Boston, Mr. Arnaud MENTREe, and 2 panels were presented during the morning:
- Panel 1: on climate emergency and potential for agriculture to be part of the solution – framing the issue at the global/international level with several presentations, among them one on the 4p1000 global network and the modeling of the transition of French Agriculture in a 4per1000 future, presented by Paul Luu.
- Panel 2, on the agricultural transition in the northeast: healthy soils for stronger viable farms and for climate adaptation and mitigation
In the afternoon, two Workshops were organized:
- Building the Heathy Soil Network in the Northeast US - Strengthening and Broadening the Northeast Healthy Soil Network: towards a regional coalition with report from Thursday Working Group.
- International Case Studies hosted by the 4per1000 initiative, moderated by Dr. Paul LUU - A conversation with French and American experts on the challenges and opportunities of agricultural transitions across the world with Dr. Laure BAMIERE (INRAE), Abad CHABBI (INRAE), Tim WISE (Small Planet Institute), Seth ITZKAN (soil4climate).
This Symposium was organized thanks to Mrs Josie WATSON and Prof. Anne-Marie CODUR from Tufts University. A big thank you to her two and all their team.