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)
The specific objectives of the Symposium are to:
- Examine the current scientific and technical understanding of the role of soils and SOC in the climate system for carbon sequestration and adaptation;
- Identify the potentials and limitations of soils and SOC in climate change adaptation and mitigation;
- 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;
- Identify options for the strengthening of existing and future IPCC technical and scientific reporting mechanisms and policy-relevant incentives;
- Identify research gaps for coordinated research and exploration of opportunities for collaboration;
- Identify policy options for relevant soil and SOC priorities under national climate change agendas; and
- 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.