Global Soil Partnership

Recarbonization of Global Soils (RECSOIL): a feasible solution to decarbonize our planet at #PRECOP25 In San José

At the #PRECOP25 meeting in San José, Costa Rica from 8-10 October 2019, Eduardo Mansur, Director of the FAO Land and Water Division, stressed the importance of restoring degraded lands, and that peasants should be part of the climate solution through financial mechanisms such as RECSOIL (Recarbonization of Global Soils). He also recalled that "FAO launched the Global Soil Organic Carbon map in 2017" and that the "IPCC in its latest report on land highlighted the importance of agriculture and soils".


During the PreCOP25 “Unconventional Meeting on Climate Change”, which paves the way to the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) of the UNFCCC to be held in Santiago de Chile on December, delegates from 100 countries and more than 1,500 participants gathered to focus on raising the ambition required to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius (the central goal of the Paris Climate Change Agreement) and adapting to the worst impacts of climate change through the exchange of best practices. Among them Mr. Mansur, Director of the FAO Land and Water Division presented RECSOIL (Recarbonization of Global Soils) .

Considering  the  inherent  capacity  of  soils  to  store  carbon and the existent gap for   sequestering carbon inputs from the atmosphere, RECSOIL represents a promising   offsetting   option   in   the   framework   of   Koronivia   Joint   Work   on   Agriculture   (KJWA). This innovative program constitutes an  implementation  tool  for  scaling  up  SOC-centered sustainable soil management SSM. 

The main objective of RECSOIL is to support and improve the national and regional greenhouse gases (GHG) mitigation and carbon sequestration initiatives. The program will include financial incentives  in accordance with industry standards . This   will   be   achieved   by   establishing   a   robust   methodology that allows carbon credits to be traded. The  Marketplace  &  Clearinghouse  will  enable  and  promote a liquid, generic market for soil-based credits, and others. As  a  result,  additional  and  multiple  benefits  can be  achieved:  yields  can  increase,  biotic  and  abiotic  resilience   of   crops   improves,   and   carbon   and   ecosystem  services  lost  through  traditional  farming  recover.  Thus  carbon  sequestered  due  to  sustainable  soil management produces additional relevant benefits at farmer level.

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