4 per 1000 Initiative: Some data on national policies relating to 4per1000

An analysis on how a State can put a 4per1000 initiative into practice has been missing until now. The French Ministry for Agriculture filled this gap and, on 19 July, published a booklet (only in FR) entitled “Implementation of policies related to 4per1000 at national level”.

The starting points are clear: a) climate change is the top challenge for the agricultural sector, it has to be acknowledged by the large number of draughts and increasing environmental disasters over the past few years; b) promoting more carbon accumulation in soil is a strong contribution for the safeguard of agriculture; c) increasing organic matter in soil allows further fertility, which could confront the food security challenge as well as increasing resistance to erosion, and water accumulation.

The framework is well defined and gives full meaning to the 4per1000 initiative. Continue reading “4 per 1000 Initiative: Some data on national policies relating to 4per1000”


4 per 1000 Initiative: something to attract more attention

On 27 June 2017 the Ministry of Agriculture has once again drawn attention to the 4 per 1000 initiative. The following appeared on the Ministry’s website:

4 per 1000 Initiative: New French Minister for Agriculture

With Emmanuel Macron’s election, recent political events in France have led to many changes in ministries. The new minister for agriculture as of 21 June 2017 is Stéphane Travert, replacement for Jacques Mézard whom had been nominated just a few weeks before to replace Stéphane Le Foll. The latter had acquired international visibility with the 4per1000 initiative itself. The International Union of Soil Science (IUSS) had even shown recognition of his merits by awarding a medal. Thanks to his personal commitment, we must add that the notion of carbon accumulation in soil as an element guaranteeing food security and an answer to climate-related challenges has once again been set on the international agenda.

It is still too early to tell what direction the new French minister will take. In theory, the new political climate should not affect the 4 per 1000 Initiative too much, as it is already structured and consolidated. Perhaps at the next meeting in Bonn we will be able to understand if the current Minister will keep on with the initiative in an equally passionate manner. His physical presence would confirm that the French government is still marching along the same indicated path.

4 per 1000 Initiative: Survey on expectations, motivations and projects

Constructive dialogue with hundreds of partners is always highly difficult to achieve.

In order to get to know its partners and adapt the initiative to participants’ expectations, the Executive Secretary decided to carry out a survey based on the Scientific and Technical Committee. This questionnaire is to be filled out online, and will be available until 15 June, and the survey until the end of August.

The results of the survey will be analysed in June, but the full summary will be presented at the 4×1000 meeting in Bonn in November (in parallel to COP23). Continue reading “4 per 1000 Initiative: Survey on expectations, motivations and projects”

4 per 1000 Initiative, 2017 activities

2017 is a year of intense structuring for the Initiative.

The Scientific and Technical Committee that was appointed at the Marrakech meeting will gather to prepare the evaluation criteria for the projects, and details on the international programme on research and scientific co-operation.

Also this year, the website will be launched: it will include a collaborative platform and a numerical centre, as required by the roadmap adopted by the Consortium. The latter envisages two meetings over the year.

Finally the next Initiative Forum meeting will take place in Bonn during COP 23 (from 6 to 17 November 2017).


As SIP Forum – seeing the lack of reaction from the Ministers of Agriculture and Environment – we would like to establish contact mechanisms on the 4per1000 Initiative with various associations, such as that of the farmers, of agricultural experts, and of agronomists. This mandate is given to the Soil Europe Group of the SIP Forum.


The 4per1000 initiatives has its own email address: forum.4p1000@adecia.org

4 per 1000 Initiative: Conclusions of the Marrakesh meeting and its workshops

The report on the last November meeting has been finalized and sent to all partners. Aside from a summary of the plenary debate, it contains recommendations from the four different themed workshops, of which we here show you the conclusions.

Here the entire original report in English for your reading (a French version is available upon request).

Workshop no. 1: Contribution to NDC (National Declared Contributions) definition and implementation

The desire is for a robust system providing a range of benefits, which would represent substantial value-added. Creation of a “4 per 1000” hub is strongly recommended to support the Initiative, based in research and focused on action.  Continue reading “4 per 1000 Initiative: Conclusions of the Marrakesh meeting and its workshops”

Iniziativa 4 per 1000: Conclusioni del Meeting di Marrakech e dei suoi Atelier

Il rapporto del meeting del novembre scorso è stato finalizzato e inviato a tutti i partner. Oltre la sintesi del dibattito in plenaria, contiene le raccomandazioni emerse dai 4 atelier tematici, di cui riportiamo le conclusioni.

Invitiamo alla lettura dell’intero rapporto originale in inglese qui allegato (versione francese disponibile su richiesta).

1° Atelier: Contribuzione all’elaborazione e alla messa in opera dei NDC (National Declared Contributions = Contribuzioni Nazionali Dichiarate)

Un sistema solido capace di fornire diversi benefici è atteso e sarebbe di grande valore aggiunto. Un centro di raccordo “4 per 1000” è altamente raccomandato per sostenere questa iniziativa basata sulla ricerca e orientata verso l’azione.

 2° Atelier: Aspettative nei confronti del sistema di riferimento della valutazione dei progetti Continue reading “Iniziativa 4 per 1000: Conclusioni del Meeting di Marrakech e dei suoi Atelier”

Video to understand the 4×1000 Initiative

In a simple and didactic manner, the 3’30” video explains the problem of organic matter formation and accumulation in soil and its importance for climate change. It also summarizes practices which lead to a yearly 0.4% increase (hence 4 per 1000) of carbon within soil, and – even more important – the length of time it can stay as such.

The video is now available in French and in English.