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2021 - "4 per 1000" Call for formative assessment of projects


The third call for projects for formative assessment opens on 15 May 2021.  

2-What is the "4 per 1000" Initiative?

The "4 per 1000" Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate, part of the Global Climate Action Plan now called Global Climate Agenda for Action, comprises an international research and scientific cooperation program and an action plan aimed at increasing soil organic carbon (SOC) sequestration in order to increase food security, mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Its overarching goal is to assist contributing countries and non-state organizations to develop evidence-based projects, actions and programs, referred to as "projects" hereafter, to promote and encourage actions towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions through protecting and increasing SOC stocks at a rate of a 4/1000 per year as an aspirational goal.

3-Aim of the call

The objective of this assessment is double:

  • Modality 1 goes to new projects looking for funds to be implemented. In this case the aim is to improve project actions and increase the chances for approval by funders. There will be no commitment from the “4 per 1000” Initiative to ensure funding for the projects.
  • Modality 2 goes to on-going projects looking for "recognition" within the framework of the "4 per 1000" through the STC assessment. In this case the aim is to aid projects, through expert advice, in achieving goals that are in conformity with the aims of the “4 per 1000” Initiative and that methods are in place to monitor progress during project implementation

The procedure is applicable for the implementation of an agricultural practice, for the development or implementation of a project (e.g. soils restoration in a given area) or of a policy proposal. Research projects may be assessed if they include an implementation aspect. This may include project holders (individuals or organizations) from various regions and conditions.


Guidelines for the call can be downloaded here.

A set of criteria, indicators, methods and units of measurements has been developed by the Scientific and Technical Committee (STC) of the “4 per 1000” Initiative, and approved by the Consortium, to provide guidance to project proposers and formative assessment of projects. The assessment will be carried out by the STC of the “4 per 1000” Initiative, with help from external reviewers if required, using this set of indicators.

After completion of the assessment process, the project holders will receive a report including the assessment result and recommendations from the STC. A short description of the projects that are in conformity with the aims of the “4 per 1000” Initiative will be introduced in the website and will receive a final consideration of the assessment for its supporting by appropriate funding from funders compatible with the goal of the Initiative.

4-Application procedure

The deadline for the submission of projects is 18 July 2021, 12 CET.

All the projects must be sent to the Executive Secretariat.

Guidelines and all call documents are available on this page. The project should be submitted by the project holder.

The project holder should provide enough information about his/her project for allowing the assessment, including:

  1. The application form with the basic information of the project following the template provided;
  2. A questionnaire to be filled by the project holder to be filled very carefully with a maximum of information and details concerning the project by the project holder and an evaluation form to be filled by the evaluator.
  3. Any other document that the project holder considers useful for the comprehension of the project.

The assessment team may ask for more information if needed and, if necessary, will hold teleconferences with the project holders.

5-Schedule and relevant dates


  • Opening of the Call:  May 15, 2021
  • The call is open for applications:  May 15 – July 18,  2021
  • Closure of the Call: July 18, 2021
  • Administrative revision: July 18 – July 30, 2021


  • Review and assessment of the projects: August 1 – October  31, 2021
  • Results submitted to project holders:   January 31, 2022


Prior to the assessment of a project by the STC, we recommend using tools for the estimation of the carbon balance such as the tools from the Carbon Benefits Project (, or the EX-Ante Carbon balance tool (EX-ACT) by FAO ( These are available free of charge after registration.

7-Information, consultations and submission

The “4 per 1000” Executive Secretariat is the contact point between the projects holders and the “4 per 1000” Initiative for all general matters related to the call.

Questions concerning the submission of projects and other general questions, as well as the finalized submission file should be sent to the Executive Secretariat at: