UK '4 per mil' Debate

Event date: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Event venue: 
Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London NW1 4LE, United Kingdom
Event description: 

The BSSS 2017 annual meeting will host presentations and debate on what the ‘4 per 1000’ initiative means for UK soils.

The ‘4 per 1000’ (4 per mil) initiative was launched at the COP21 in 2015, with the aim to slow down the increase in atmospheric concentrations of CO2 by annually increasing global soil organic carbon stocks by 0.4 % per year.

This initiative has sparked mixed reaction to the feasibility of achieving this, and discussion over what this means for soil management.

We now invite you to contribute to this debate.


Dr Abad Chabbi - INRA, France

Dr Joanna Clark - University of Reading, UK 

Professor Claire Chenu - INRA, France    "Scene setting and overview of the '4 per 1000' initiative

Professor Bridget Emmett - CEH, Bangor, UK    "Policy, the national perspective and monitoring"

Professor David Powlson - Rothamsted Research, UK    "Achievability from land management"

Along with keynote speakers, lively debate, lunch, poster sessions and the society AGM, there will be an informal early evening drinks and canapes networking reception, closing at 7pm or thereabouts!

Registration is from 10:30am over coffee and the debate will commence at 11am. 

This website will be regularly updated with further details so watch this space!