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Expert Panel 13

Healthy soils to combat climate change and end hunger

4 per 1000

Time: Thursday, 21. January 2021, 14:15 – 15:15 (CET)
Languages: English, German

Panel guests will be announced soon


“Worldwide healthy and carbon-rich soils to combat climate change and end hunger” – this is the vision of the “4 per 1000” Initiative. The potential is enormous: with global topsoil carbon stocks of 860 Gt an annual increase of soil organic carbon by 4‰ would fully compensate human-induced atmospheric CO2 rise, while at the same time providing multiple co-benefits such as soil fertility, food security and climate resilience. Therefore, “4 per 1000” Initiative encourages all stakeholders to promote and implement science-based practical solutions to maintain and manage soils to be healthy and living, and thus be a carbon sink and not a source.

The “4 per 1000” Initiative has evolved as the main multi-stakeholder partnership on soil carbon sequestration for climate change mitigation.

During the panel we wish to give the floor to selected members representing different categories of stakeholders:  scientists, farmers and the agrifood business enterprises.

Short impulse speeches will address the foundation for the “4 per 1000” targets (scientists) give evidence of success stories on the ground (farmers) as well as an example for unconventional business models addressing environmental problems and rewarding farmers efforts towards sustainable and climate resilient production systems (agrifood business).

The subsequent panel discussion between the panellists from all stakeholder groups (science, farmers, private industry and governments) will take stock and investigate how to move forward in this important issue.

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