The 4 per 1000 initiative aims to promote sustainable soil management in order to take action for food safety and the climate. The event attracts a large number of personalities from all arenas: government representatives, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, and research institutions. During the opening session, Monika Christmann gave a presentation on the OIV, including its involvement in issues related to environmental protection and sustainability.
Soils are a place of considerable carbon stocks, yet often overlooked. An increase of 0.4% per year of soil carbon stocks, thanks to adapted cultivation practices, could absorb up to 80% of total greenhouse-gas emissions.
The initiative, launched by the French government during COP21 in 2015, has seen strong expansion since. Today the consortium has 21 countries and 11 intergovernmental organisations as members – including the OIV – while 19 countries and over 100 non-governmental organisations and research institutions take part as forum members.