Institute of

Climate-Smart Agriculture

Secretariat

Hanne Schmidt-Przebierala
Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture

Bundesallee 65
38116 Braunschweig
Phone: +49 531 596 2601
Fax: +49 531 596 2699
ak@thuenen.de


News

International symposium: Soil organic matter management in agriculture - Assessing the potential of the 4per1000 initiative

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The 4per1000 Initiative launched in at COP21 in Paris aims at increasing soil organic matter for climate mitigation, climate adaptation and food security. The international symposium on soil organic matter management will elucidate options and potentials for soil C sequestration.

Croplands and grasslands in Germany store 2 billion tons of carbon as soil organic matter (© Thünen-Institut/AK)

Enhanced soil organic carbon stocks can help to mitigate climate change and make soils more resilient to climate change. Finally, a sustainable management of soil organic matter is the key for a sustainable agriculture with the aim of enhanced food security. However, soil carbon is variable in space due to multiple environmental drivers that influence soil carbon dynamics and stocks. Thus, site and farm specific options are required to enhance soil carbon. In addition, measures for soil carbon sequestration have to be closely linked to an efficient nutrient management. The symposium will provide a platform for scientists to discuss and assess management options of soil carbon sequestration for European and global agriculture. Research gabs shall be identified to determine the potential of soil carbon sequestration in European agricultural systems. The symposium is organized in partnership with the 4per1000 initiative.

Website:  www.som-management.org