A science-policy dialog on why and where ambition for soil organic carbon should be enhanced and the issues countries face in enhancing ambition. 


This event took place 26 June 2019. Please find the presentations below:

Country representatives and experts will discuss the potential of soil organic carbon sequestration as a climate change mitigation option and the gap between countries’ current and potential commitments.

Scientists will present an analysis of current and potential soil carbon commitments in countries' Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the growing body of evidence on the benefits of soil carbon for agriculture and slowing desertification. Representatives of Brazil, the European Commission, and Indonesia will discuss challenges for maintaining and increasing sequestration of soil organic carbon for climate change mitigation, soil health and improved productivity, and they will make recommendations for enhancing ambition and implementation. The World Bank will discuss avenues of support for climate change adaptation and mitigation and how soil organic carbon fits in that context.

Our aim is to help countries with the potential to increase or protect existing soil organic carbon identify soil organic carbon targets in their NDCs and build the finance, technology, and implementation systems to support ambitious implementation.


Welcome and introduction

Lini Wollenberg, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), University of Vermont

PresentationsFacilitated by Abigaïl Fallot, Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD)
Soil organic carbon in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)Liesl Wiese, 4P1000

Co-benefits of soil organic carbon 

Cristina Arias-Navarro, National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA), France
Panel discussionFacilitated by Lini Wollenberg, CCAFS and University of Vermont

Valerie Dermaux, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, France

Eleneide Doff Sotta, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, Brazil

Fahmuddin Agus, Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Discussion with audience


Claire Weill, National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA), France

Recent research and analysis on soil organic carbon


This event is co-sponsored by:

This event page provides details for one of three official side events that CCAFS will co-host with partners during the 50th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA50). To see other events that CCAFS is co-hosting or participating in, please click here.  

Cover photo: M Ayene (WLE)