Land & Water

The recabonization of global soils, a tool to address the challenge of compensating global GHG emissions and to provide multiple ecosystem services

The implementation of proven Soil Organic Carbon (SOC)-centred Sustainable Soil Management (SSM) practices for maintaining carbon rich soils (peatlands, black soils, permafrost, etc.) and for sequestering more carbon in soils with such potential (croplands and degraded soils), would address the challenge of compensating global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Soil organic carbon sequestration has been shown to hold the largest sink potential in terrestrial ecosystems and agroecosystems.

SOC-centred SSM practices could not only mitigate GHGs emissions but also provides multiple benefits such as enhancing food security and farm income, reducing poverty and malnutrition, providing essential ecosystem services (climate and hydrological regulation, biodiversity maintenance, and nutrient cycling, among others), contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and building resilience to extreme climatic events.

Recarbonization of Global Soils (RECSOIL) is designed to address the key challenges humanity faces today within an enabling framework integrated by a series of institutions and commitments related to climate change and sustainability. The main objective of the programme is to support and improve the national and regional GHG mitigation and carbon sequestration initiatives.

Read the publication “Recarbonization of global soils, a tool to support the implementation of the Koronivia joint work on agriculture”