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19 September, 2018

4 per 1000 Initiative launches New Digital Hub to  Reverse Degradation of World Soil

4 per 1000 Initiative launches New Digital Hub to  Reverse Degradation of World Soil

Today, at the Global Climate Action Summit, the 4 per 1000 Initiative, backed by the governments of France, Germany and Spain, launched its new digital hub. The platform will enable international collaboration between scientists, farmers and financiers on an ongoing basis in efforts to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by capturing more carbon in the planet's soils.   Degradation of soil health has reached 40% globally, according to the FAO. If carbon was increased in soils by just 0.4% per year, the reduction in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere would correspond to all annual man-made greenhouse gas emissions - hence the name of the 4 per 1000 Initiative, which was launched by the government of France at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

The platform brings together the Initiative's project members and partners to speed up knowledge-sharing and best practice, to encourage projects to implement the most efficient science and approaches, and to secure funding for successful demonstration projects. The project members and partners include 39 governments, 11 international organizations, 10 foundations and development banks, 62 research and education institutions, 35 farmers' organizations, 36 companies and 88 NGOs.

Stephane Travert, France's Minister for Agriculture and Food, said: "To be efficient and to lead to a true transition towards more sustainable agriculture, many actors have to be mobilised alongside the farmers. The 4 per 1000 Initiative will thus contribute to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. It will allow farmers to live well from their work, and contribute to food security."

In a second phase, starting November, the hub will be opened to millions of farmers around the world, so that they can learn about the best approaches to soil management, which not only boost soil carbon, but also boost agricultural yields.

Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, former Prime Minister of Niger and CEO of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Agency said: "To reduce the rate of presence of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, agriculture and forestry have a unique role to play. Two years since its launch, the 4 per 1000 Initiative has developed quickly, and achieved international recognition that underscores the imperative to protect soils and nature, which provide vital resources for people. The opening of the Collaborative Platform is an essential step towards the much-needed scaling up of appropriate practices to store carbon in soils in the long run."

Soil Carbon Projects brief

Source: Browning Environmental

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