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Meeting of the Scientific and Technical Committee (STC) of the “4 per 1000” Initiative on the sidelines of COP28

The Scientific and Technical Committee (STC) of the international “4 per 1000” Initiative convened for its 16th meeting in Dubai on the 4th and 7th of December 2023, on the sidelines of COP28.

Following two technical sessions around recent debates, STC members elaborated their work programme for the first semester 2024 and kick-started several (scientific) publications to be championed by different STC members.

After the huge success of the first three editions, the STC will continue the Soil Carbon Sciences Webinar Series in 2024.

The Scientific and Technical Committee (STC) launched this series on September 7, 2023, with the webinar “Is there a limit to soil organic carbon sequestration?”

The second seminar on October 17, 2023 had the theme: “Soil Inorganic carbon: unveiling its role in global carbon cycle”

The last online seminar in this series proposed by the Scientific and Technical Committee of the Initiative took place on November 27, 2023 on the theme: “Measuring, Reporting and Verifying Soil Carbon Sequestration: Measurement or Modeling?”

The programme giving young research fellows the opportunity to contribute to high-level publications in collaboration with the STC will also continue.


Starting in 2024, the Scientific and Technical Committee of the international “4 per 1000” Initiative will take up its mandate as the interim Scientific Committee of the Soil Carbon International Research Consortium (IRC).

The first meeting took place back-to-back with the 16th STC meeting in Dubai and was a successful start to what will hopefully be a very fruitful cooperation, strengthening international collaboration in Soil Carbon Sciences.

The STC and the international “4 per 1000” Initiative would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Cornelia Rumpel and Dr. Yasuhito Shirato, who completed their very active mandates at the end of 2023.
A call for candidates will be published early 2024.