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Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon


Soil management could make or break climate change response efforts

Symposium, report shine light on critical role of terrestrial carbon sinks

21 March 2017, Rome - Warning of "colossal" negative impacts for the environment and human societies if the massive stores of carbon trapped in the Earth's soils are released, Fijian president Jioji Konousi Konrote called for stronger management....

21-23 March 2017 - FAO HQ - Rome, Italy

The Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon (GSOC17) will be a scientific meeting, held over three days at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, on 21-23 March 2017 with 300-500 participants representing all geographical regions and countries of the world.

Soils constitute the largest store of terrestrial carbon. When managed using Sustainable Soil Management (SSM) techniques, soils can play an important role in climate change adaptation and mitigation and enhance the provision of ecosystem services by storing carbon (carbon sequestration) and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

The Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon will contribute to the efforts of ending hunger and malnutrition, climate change adaptation, reversing land degradation, and overall sustainable development while linking sustainable soil management and climate change mitigation and adaptation.