CIFOR-ICRAF AT COP 26

CIFOR-ICRAF AT COP 26

2 - 11 November, Glasgow and online
SESSION

Introducing the Global Soil Health Programme – Restoring the health of the world’s soil at scale and on time

Hosted by UNFCCC

Carbon sequestration in soil offers both globally significant potential to reduce atmospheric carbon, and the opportunity to improve soil health to deliver additional water security and biodiversity benefits. This is within a context where, on current trajectories, up to 90% of the planet’s soil – upon which we rely for food production and water management – will be degraded by 2050.

Unlike carbon sequestration through tree planting, there is currently no global framework for carbon trading, accounting, or quality assurance for soil. Nor is there a mechanism to link carbon emitters with the agricultural sector, which can deliver carbon sequestration and thereby improved soil health. The Universities of Glasgow and Sydney are jointly leading the Global Soil Health Programme, delivered via a precompetitive consortium including multinationals such as Bayer, BASF, UPL, RaboBank, Microsoft and PWC, to address this gap.

This introductory event will outline the vision and activities of the Global Soil Health Programme.

Registration

Please note this is a hybrid event that will be open both for physical participation (at the Kelvin Gallery, University of Glasgow) and online.

Speakers

Rattan Lal

Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration (C-MASC), The Ohio State University (OSU)

Ronald Vargas

UN FAO

Arlene Cotie

Bayer

Leigh Winowiecki

Soil Systems Scientist, Leader, Land Health Decisions, World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF)

Andy Beadle

BASF

Jonatas Alves

Global Portfolio Head - Soil & Seed Health, UPL

Alex McBratney

University of Sydney

Kiran Sura

PWC

Paul Luu

Executive Secretary, 4p1000