GETTING INVOLVED WITH THE “4 PER 1000” INITIATIVE
Representatives of civil society commit themselves for example to:
- Support an International Initiative on soils with a triple "win-win-win" goal
- Support agriculture and forestry as sectors contributing to the fight against climate change
- Mobilise the stakeholders to encourage them to take actions in order to conserve the soils for food security and climate
- Enable consumers to invest in a process to combat climate change through a choice of products derived from agricultural production methods closer to nature
- Encourage the adoption of new practices to store more carbon in soils
- Recognize that soils are vital for life on Earth and that living soils preserve the biodiversity. Storing carbon in soils means combating the climate changes, increasing their fertility, their water retention capacity and thus potentially the yields, reducing their susceptibility to erosion. This enables rural families, farmers to better live from their work on the land, to make better use of them by remaining sedentary, and thus limits migratory flows
- Invest for the future by supporting some practices, projects, and policies that promote the carbon storage in soils with some multiple "win-win-win" goals
- Pursue the efforts undertaken for the recognition of the role of agriculture in the fight against climate change
- Identify, adapt and facilitate the dissemination of good practices and ensure that they correspond to the expectations of producers in relation to research, development stakeholders and agricultural professional organizations
- Find some causes, projects, farmers, foresters, communities to defend and support for their work and contribution to the collective effort
IN CONCRETE TERMS, HOW DO WE GET INVOLVED?
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THEY ALREADY GOT INVOLVED
The consortium members and forum partners of the initiative
See examples of commitments and achievements
Land Core prepared a memo of recommendations on soil health assessment protocol, including soil sampling methodology and lab calibration, memo recently submitted to the United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service. This memo was particularly in regard to a new program that was established by the 2018 Farm Bill legislation called the "On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials and Soil Health Demonstration Trial". Memo of recommendations on soil health assessment protocol
Regeneration International - In Johannesburg, October 24, the NGO ‘Regeneration International’ and the "4 per 1000" Initiative launched a combined carbon offsetting mechanism for air travelers. The Executive Secretariat considers a duty to propose such a mechanism with the objective of offsetting carbon emissions emitted during air travelers’ journeys, and it has joined forces with Regeneration International to set up an online website receiving donations based on estimates from online calculator on carbon emissions. The donations raised will be used to support projects assessed by the STC of "4 per 1000", meeting the objectives of the "4 per 1000" Initiative. A link will be available soon to use this mechanism.
Ecosystem Restoration Camps - Under the slogan „together we are powerful“, John D. Liu*, member of the Dutch non-profit Ecosystem Restoration Camps Foundation started 2016 to engage hundreds of people in research, monitoring and demonstrating the best practices in seed saving and exchange, professional propagation and nursery systems, large-scale composting, water harvesting, and water management systems. The first restoration camp in the Murcia region of South-Eastern Spain – Camp Altiplano – is only the first of many volunteer camps, which houses people who, during their stay, learn how ecosystems function, how and why they are degraded, and how these ecosystems, both natural and agricultural, can be rehabilitated. Here, over 200 farms in the surroundings benefit from joint restoration efforts and knowledge exchange. Currently, three further camps over the world are in planning. Click here for to join the global movement! End of September 2018, the first ever Regeneration Festival took place at Camp Altiplano: click here for more information. *John D. Liu is also ambassador of the Commonland Foundation
Mobilizing the general public in the fight against carbon is the mission of the project "And everything starts from the ground" proposed by Localvore-Occitanie Centrale (France). The "pilot" project of Localvore France "And everything starts from the ground ... Here we harvest carbon", launches on the market of Réalmont (Tarn - France), every Wednesday during the months of September and October 2019. The principle of this project is to offer the products of some agro-ecological producers, 20% cheaper for the general public and 50% to 80% cheaper for low-income people. This discount is done directly on the stands that bear the sign Here we collect carbon. The small association of Tarn, Localvore France brings the concept of carbon sequestration to the general public, thanks to the support of partners such as: The LUSH Foundation, EKIBIO, the "4 per 1000" Initiative, For a Farmer of the Living Soil, Community of Communes Center Tarn and The Association for the development of agricultural and rural employment in Tarn (ADEART). More information here (in French)
German Terra Preta Organization - Terra Preta Weserbergland GbR is developing activities in Germany (Lower Saxony). Its objective is to form humus in terms of several thousand tonnes per year and to use it in agriculture to reduce greenhouse gases and promote biodiversity. To learn more, click here.
They talk about it...
"Parce que l’alimentation des troupeaux est constituée de 60 à 80% d’herbe des prairies, qui sont des puits de carbone de même que les haies qui les entourent, l’élevage français de ruminants, producteur de viande rouge, dépasse déjà l’objectif de 4pour1000 de stockage de carbone annuel dans les sols. Par sa démarche BEEF CARBON, l’évaluation des élevages et l’évolution des pratiques, notre filière s’engage à améliorer encore sa performance environnementale" - Dominique Langlois, Président d’INTERBEV
"4 per 1000": Getting more from the land, for people and the planet" - Craig Hanson, Global Director (Food, Forests & Water) World Resources Institute - WRI.org
"La restauration des sols par des pratiques agro-écologiques est indispensable à la transition vers des systèmes alimentaires durables et la lutte contre le changement climatique" - Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso.
"Sans élevage, l’agriculture serait déséquilibrée ! L’élevage laitier a une contribution positive sur les sols grâce à la valorisation des déjections animales. C’est le sens de notre adhésion à l’initiative 4/1000".
"La Ferme Laitière Bas Carbone est un programme de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre en élevage laitier. Il est basé sur un diagnostic qui permet à chaque éleveur de calculer son impact et de mettre en œuvre les leviers d’amélioration. Haies, prairies et effluents sont nos priorités" - Caroline Le Poultier, directrice générale du CNIEL
"Les femmes et les hommes qui travaillent le sol sont les mieux placés pour utiliser et capturer le carbone sur Terre" - réseau TRAME
"Engagé dans le 4 pour 1000 pour promouvoir bonnes pratiques et solutions méditerranéennes pour des sols sains et valorisés" - CIHEAM
"We can reverse climate change by stripping CO2 out of the atmosphere and putting it into the soil where it is needed to improve soil health and crop production" - André Leu, President, IFOAM - Organics International
"A comme Agriculteurs engagés et responsables ; C comme Carbone stocké ; F comme Fertilité des sols restaurée" - Agriculteurs Composteurs de France