Global Advances in Soil Carbon Management - Released on World Soil Day, 2014

Key recommendations from the 75-strong project team drawn from 17 countries include:
*Stopping soil carbon losses from organic-rich soils such as peatlands and from drylands where soils are vulnerable due to low soil carbon content,
*Promoting soil carbon gains through active soil management in agricultural lands that have experienced historical losses of soil carbon,
*Greatly expand soil and land management from local scale decisions to increased national and international actions to deliver large-scale benefits worldwide,
*Reduce the fragmentation in policy for soil and land management, which is often scattered between government sectors for agriculture, environment, energy and water resources, and
*A global research programme to attain optimal soil carbon contents, quantify the resulting soil improvements and adapt soil carbon management to land and climate conditions around the world.

These recommendations and a vast background of compiled scientific evidence are the outputs from a 2-year international rapid assessment process (RAP) project on the Benefits of Soil Carbon. The full recommendations and supporting scientific evidence for policy and practice innovation in soil carbon managements are released on World Soil Day, 5th December 2014 as an authoritative volume from the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE, Volume 71), published by CAB International.

 

Chapter 1, The Global Challenge for Soil Carbon, is now available free to download.