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Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon

UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF MITIGATING AND ADAPTING TO A CHANGING CLIMATE

The Symposium will be a scientific meeting, held over three days at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy from 21-23 March 2017 with 300-500 participants representing all geographical regions and countries of the world.

Leading SOC experts will be invited to provide keynote presentations on the following main themes:

  • Assessment, measurement, mapping, reporting and monitoring of SOC
  • Maintaining and/or increasing SOC stocks (fostering SOC sequestration)
  • Peatlands and SOC in the climate change agenda
  • Managing black soils (Chernozems/Mollisols) for SOC sequestration (International Network on Black Soils)

Objectives/Outputs

The specific objectives of the Symposium are to:

  1. Examine the current scientific and technical understanding of the role of soils and SOC in the climate system for carbon sequestration and adaptation;
  2. Identify the potentials and limitations of soils and SOC in climate change adaptation and mitigation;
  3. Enable and strengthen the provision of knowledge on soils, SOC and land degradation, as well as the interlinkages with other carbon pools in upcoming IPCC climate change assessment reports;
  4. Identify options for the strengthening of existing and future IPCC technical and scientific reporting mechanisms and policy-relevant incentives;
  5. Identify research gaps for coordinated research and exploration of opportunities for collaboration;
  6. Identify policy options for relevant soil and SOC priorities under national climate change agendas; and
  7. Produce a scientifically supported document highlighting the role of soils and SOC in the climate change agenda that could be assessed by IPCC in its regular reports, starting with SR2 and AR6.
Date
21 Mar 2017
- 23 Mar 2017
Location
Rome, Italy