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Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon

Tuesday 21st March

Opening ceremony

Mr. José Graziano Da Silva, Director-General of FAO
H.E. Jioji Konousi Konrote, President of the Republic of Fiji
Ms. Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary UNCCD
Mr. Kamernu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment (Video message)
Mr. Abdalah Mokssit, IPCC Secretary
Mr. Petteri Taalas, Secretary General WMO (Video message)

Timing: 10:00-11:30 GMT (+1)


Plenary 1: Setting the scientific scene for GSOC17 

  • Key aspects of soils and Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) and their contributions to mitigating and adapting to climate change.
  • Key findings of the AR5 on agriculture, soil and SOC; plans and progress with SR2, refinement of the inventory guidelines, and AR6.
  • SOC as indicator of progress towards achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN)
  • Soil organic carbon and the IPBES land degradation and restoration assessment

Venue: Red Room             Timing: 11:45-13:00 GMT (+1)

Plenary 2: Keynote presentations, setting the challenges of GSOC17 themes

  • Soil organic carbon sequestration: importance and State-of-the-Science
  • Quantifying global soil carbon losses in response to warming
  • Climate Smart Agriculture and forest conservation to foster SOC sequestration and reduce land degradation
  • Estimating SOC changes: is it feasible?
  • Status and challenges for mapping, monitoring and MRV of global SOC

Venue: Red Room      Timing: 14:10-16:00 GMT (+1)


Side event 1: Launch of the International Network of Black Soils

Black soils are soils of great importance as they contain a with very high organic carbon content. They are present in few countries of the world and are used for agricultural uses. Under the aegis of the Global Soil Partnership, the International Network of Black Soils will be established with the aim of providing a platform for countries with black soils to discuss common issues related to the conservation and sustainable management of these soils and the need to foster technical exchange and cooperation.

Venue: Iran room       Timing: 13:00-14:10 GMT (+1)

1st Parallel session on theme 2

4 Presentations:

  1. Global management of soil organic matter. Mr. Miguel Taboada, INTA, Argentina
  2. Sustainable land management to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Ms. María José Sanz Sánchez, Basque Centre for Climate Change, Spain
  3. Land management impact on soil organic carbon stocks – what do we really know? Mr. Axel Don, Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture, Germany
  4. Enhancing SOC sequestration: myth or reality in Africa? Mr. Rolf Sommer, CIAT, Kenya

Venue: Red Room                 Timing: 16:20-17:30 GMT (+1).                      Theme discussion: 17:30-18:00