The 4 per 1000 initiative was launched in 2015 as a global initiative to promote the adoption of economically viable and ecologically sound agricultural practices towards carbon sequestration and food security. Despite doubts in terms of feasibility and contribution to climate change mitigation, the soil remains at the heart of the political and socio-economic debate.
The present conference provides an exchange forum for scientists, decision makers, funding organizations (agencies), and geopolitical entities to discuss critical issues and realistic opportunities and challenges for the implementation of the initiative. Collaboration is needed to balance the strong scientific creativity with the pragmatic needs for short- and long-term risk mitigation solutions. Proper stakeholder representation is key. Through a multistakeholders forum, multitude of valid ideas may be able to gain traction, to implement sustainable practices leading to effective soil sequestration across countries that are needed to alter the fundamental trajectory of our global society and quality of life.
The conference aims to build partnerships for soil sustainability and resilience, promote innovation and knowledge exchange, and ensure that appropriate solutions are put into practices under the framework of the 4 per 1000 initiative.
The event will include inclusive round tables aimed at strengthening the involvement of socio-economic researchers, private sector (corporations and non profit), etc. in the initiative. This specifically aims at finding new business models, which include investment in soil capital as a long-term business opportunity.
The conference will seek to:
- Discuss and try to close controversies that exist concerning the implementation of the 4 per 1000 initiative
- Explore the scientific studies and practical experiences that will unravel the barriers and opportunities of SOC storage in different parts of the world
- Explore how this initiative will affect the role and influence of different communities in networks of knowledge production
- Explore innovative aspects, scientific breakthroughs of new practices, new social and political strategies to stimulate investment in the “soil” capital.