Soil is a Diamond – The importance of soil and its restoration
“4 per 1000” initiative
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), Division 521, Sustainability and Climate Change
Time: Tuesday, 25. January 2022, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (CET), subsequent deep dive 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Languages: English, German
The panel is to be hosted by the “4 per 1000” initiative together with the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).
The “4 per 1000” initiative, an alliance of private and public sector institutions and individuals, is committed to promoting and implementing agricultural measures that support the capture and storage of carbon in organic form (humus) in the soil in order to increase and maintain the productivity of soils. The binding of atmospheric carbon (CO2) as humus in the soil curbs the greenhouse effect and increases soil parameters such as erosion resistance and water retention capacity.
The BMEL has also recognised the soil protection and climate change mitigation potential of carbon sequestration and is funding a model and demonstration project “Humus formation in agricultural soils” within the scope of the Climate Action Programme 2030. In this respect, the BMEL is implementing measures to reinforce the carbon sink potential of agricultural soils and to generate know-how about humus-accumulating and humus-preserving farming and disseminate it on a large scale in practice. The expert panel will provide an insight into national and international strategies for humus formation and preservation. Both sides will present their work in the panel and in a video contribution. This is designed to highlight examples of carbon sequestration and give panel members the opportunity to present themselves and their projects.