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HYBRID EVENT

TREES FOR RESILIENCE

TREES FOR RESILIENCE

CIFOR-ICRAF at UNFCCC COP28

30 Nov – 12 Dec 2023, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
SESSION

Strengthening NDCs for soil health - learning from practical experience

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Healthy soils are the foundation of sustainable and regenerative food systems and provide several vital ecosystem services. Sequestering carbon in soils, for example, can have multiple benefits for climate change mitigation and adaptation, food and nutrition security, biodiversity, and water resilience. However, there are few policies that incentivize farmers to invest in practices to improve soil health. This session will build on a set of policy briefs produced in December 2022 from Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Mali, Senegal and Zambia that highlight opportunities for the inclusion of soil health and soil organic carbon (SOC) into the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). To mitigate climate change measures to improve soil health and SOC needs to be integrated in updated NDCs and a better linkage to commitments within the UNCCD Land Degradation Neutrality targets (LDN) is required. The session will present concrete policy measures for soil health in NDCs based on the NDC guidance tool for food Systems.

Session objectives:

  • Showcase examples of successful implementation of actions for soil health
  • Learn about concrete measures to strengthen soil health in NDCS and LDN
  • Present opportunities from policy analyses for integrating soil health into NDCs
  • Bring together actors from government, research private sector, and development to scale healthy soil practices; and
  • Garner support to implement robust, simple, yet accurate soil health monitoring.

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