We are approching COP24. It will take place in Poland from 3 to 14 December, a workshop mobilized the French scientific community on 7 and 8 November in Sète to meet the challenges of the "4 per 1000" initiative. The researchers called for an "ambitious scientific programme" to implement the research component of this soil for food security and climate initiative. The Sète Call has already collected some fifty signatures from researchers from Cirad, CNRS, IDDRI, INRA, IRD, Irstea, but also their partners from Brazil, Spain, Madagascar, Senegal and Morocco. Michel Eddi, Cirad's CEO, explains: "Our institution supports this approach by researchers and continues its commitment to the international 4 per 1000 programme".
A call for funding for a complementary research programme
"We are contributing to the necessary dialogue between all the actors involved in sustainable development: scientists, NGOs, professional organizations, decision-makers," emphasizes Jean-Luc Chotte of the IRD, co-chair of the Scientific Committee of this workshop. However, after these three years, it is time for research to have financial resources commensurate with the challenges and climate emergency. During this workshop, the scientific community launched a call for funding for an ambitious scientific programme on four complementary themes:
- study of the mechanisms and estimation of the potential for carbon storage in soils;
- assessing the performance of virtuous land management practices and their consequences on soil organic carbon sequestration;
- the study of conditions favourable to the maintenance and increase of carbon stock in soils in the short, medium and long term;
- monitoring, reporting and verification of the results of the sequestration actions carried out.
2nd day of the Initiative 4 for 1000, on December 13th
On the occasion of the UNFCCC COP 24 in Katowice, Poland, 3-14 December 2018, the "4 for 1000: Soil for Food Security and Climate" initiative is organizing, in partnership with the University of Silesia, the 2nd "4 for 1000" Initiative Day, on 13 December 2018. One year after its first edition, the organization of this event is expected to become annual in the margins of the UNFCCC COPs and will bring together the 4th meeting of the Members' Consortium and the 3rd meeting of the Initiative Partners' Forum.
The venue for this special day will be the University of Silesia in Katowice, founded in June 1968 and named after its geographical location, the Silesian Voivodeship. With more than 37,000 students, this year the University is celebrating its 50th anniversary.