Creation of Task Forces to advance the implementation of the "4 per 1000" Strategic Plan

Note: We are currently launching a Delphi study to give you the possibility to have a say in the development of the implementation strategies. We intend to complete the implementation strategies early next year. Once the implementation strategies are finalized, the task forces will set priorities and form teams for developing action plans and projects contributing to the achievement of the goals and targets for 2030 and 2050. Join now and make your contribution the Delhi study to ensure that your opinions and expertise are valued in this process. The train picks up speed.


Since June this year the "4 per 1000" international Initiative has set its Strategic Plan. 

Now that the strategic plan is in place, we must work on its implementation as quickly as possible. We want YOU to be involved in the implementation! Our common vision is to have healthy and carbon-rich soils worldwide to fight climate change and end hunger. We can only achieve this with your knowledge and support. In return, the "4 per 1000" Initiative makes your voice heard, arranges partnerships and thus facilitates the acquisition of resources and support for the realization of your projects.

The strategic plan comprises 24 objectives with specific targets for 2030 and 2050. We intend to create 24 Task Forces, one for each objective.

Therefore we'd like to ask you to join the Task Forces that are of special interest to you and your organization. Joining a Task Force will allow you to extend your professional network, to learn, to improve visibility of your contribution and to benefit from working together in an international team. Exchange and collaboration is facilitated by our cutting edge electronic platform that Task Force member may also use for decentralized development of their related actions and projects. After registration the Task Force Facilitator will guide you.

Purpose of Task Forces

In the context of the "4 per 1000" Initiative the primary objective of the Task Forces is to develop a catalog of coordinated actions and projects that represent compelling investment opportunities, which will be brought to the attention of decision-makers and funders in the public and private sectors through the "4 per 1000" initiative.

The general purpose of the Task Forces is to provide a space where stakeholders can meet, exchange and collaborate on issues regarding the objective.

To initiate a constructive and result-oriented cooperation, the initial tasks for each task force are:

  1. to map relevant on-going actions and projects in order to get a shared vision of the point of departure
  2. to elaborate implementation strategies that allow reaching the targets for 2030 and 2050 and
  3. to outline action and project plans for future activities for reaching the targets.

Task Forces are also a consultative and advisory body expected to provide advice to third parties upon request.

How to join a Task Force

Step 1 - Select the Task Forces that are relevant to you: Study the following list of objectives and select a manageable number to whose task force you can contribute and/or which are of particular interest to you and your organization. Carefully read the targets for 2030 and 2050!

Step 2 - Fill out the corresponding registration form: Click on the "Join Task Force XY" button under the desired objective to display the appropriate registration form. Complete it and click on "Submit" to register. You can join a task force as a "Global Leader", "Regional Representative" or "Team Member". Decide which role suits you best. Only individuals from an organization that is a member or partner of "4 for 1000" can be named "Global Leaders" or "Regional Representatives". Non-members of "4 for 1000" can only join a Task Force as "Team Members", but are welcome!

Global Leader:

  • Organize a inter-regional consultative processes for a specific objective
  • Supervise activities, monitor progress and report to the Forum of Partners
  • Liaise with the Executive Secretariat and Scientific and Technical committee

Regional Representatives:

  • Identify additional relevant partners in their region and encourage them to join the Initiative
  • Organize the regional consultative processes
  • Supervise activities, monitor progress and report to the regional meetings
  • Liaise with the Global Task Force Leader
  • Liaise with regional and national authorities to facilitate coordination of actions with defined development strategies and on-going programs

Team Member: 

  • Provide information on relevant on-going actions and projects
  • Contribute to the formulation of the implementation strategy 
  • Help to identify additional partners in their region
  • Outline actions and projects that contribute to the targets 
  • Actively contribute to the consultative processes

The Executive Secretariat of "4 per 1000" will facilitate a consultative process for the final selection of the Leader and Regional Representatives and the establishment of the Task Force. In addition to organizational issues, a balanced representation of the various stakeholders will play an important role in the formation of the Task Forces.

Note: We are currently launching a Delphi study to give you the possibility to have a say in the development of the implementation strategies. Please note that you must register for the Task Forces before October 31st, 2020 if you wish to participate in the Delphi study. However, Task Forces will remain open for registration and interested parties are free to join the work at any later stage.


Facilitate the emergence and ensure the feasibility of methodologies, tools and recommendations that foster stakeholders' ability to implement the Initiative on the ground



Baseline 2020Target 2030Target 2050
Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

Ensure that the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of all UNFCCC country Parties contain references to soil health and Soil Organic Carbon (SOC), and that they are taken into account in their sustainable agriculture development programs.

In 2019, out of 196 countries' NDCs, only 13 refer to SOC in relation to agricultural mitigation targets or adaptation actions, and 20 refer to peatlands or wetlands in relation to such targets.

A further 3 NDCs refer to soil carbon without clear linkages to targets.

Enlist 100 % of country parties at the UNFCCC, members or partners of the "4 per 1000" Initiative.

In 2050, ensure that, globally, 100% of all UNFCCC country Parties include Soil Health and SOC in their NDCs and development programs.

Task Force A1



Baseline 202020302050


Foster the emergence of innovative projects centered on soil health and in line with "4 per 1000" ambition and with the help of the set of indicators and criteria for formative project assessment elaborated by the STC.

A call-for-project 2020 introduced with a wider base of contacts and a targeted timing.

5 to 10 high quality projects selected

10 to 20 high quality impact based projects selected and implemented on the ground.50 high quality impact based projects selected and implemented on the ground.

Task Force A2



Baseline 202020302050
Success StoriesShare relevant emerging ideas, innovations and success stories from all stakeholders (bottom-up and top-down approaches)
1 study / review per year.5 studies / reviews per year.10 studies / reviews per year.

Task Force A3



Baseline 202020302050
InterfacesEnhance the interfaces "science and practice" (R&D) for policy makers, scientists and producers

1 global (online) meeting a year

1 periodical note a year.

5 regional (online) meetings a year

2 to 3 periodical notes a year.

5 regional (online) meetings a year

5 periodical notes a year.

Task Force A4



Baseline 202020302050
Carbon Markets

Screen, compile and share the best Carbon market mechanisms and compensation schemes on C sequestration

The 3 to 5 best compensation schemes, available in 2020, summarized and presented to members and partners of the Initiative.Selection of the "4 per 1000" "certified" compensation scheme for adoption and implementation in the 5 regional levels, for agricultural lands and forests.Global use of the "4 per 1000" "certified" compensation scheme by farmers and foresters.

Task Force A5



Baseline 202020302050
Reference Framework

Develop a scientific reference framework including socio-economic aspects (research programs, international scientific cooperation and STC) that shows the potential of soil health contributing to carbon sequestration resulting in a positive carbon balance in AFOLU systems.

Start a multi-stakeholder discussion.

Contribution to CIRCASA project and inception of the IRC.

A scientific reference framework elaborated and used.A scientific reference framework updated and used.

Task Force A6


Foster enabling environment and/or framework (business model, trustworthy third-party, tutoring, mentoring, amplify impact, scaling up) for implementation on the ground



Baseline 202020302050
Investment Plans

Encourage the development and implementation of national and/or supranational strategies (including incentive and regulatory mechanisms) and responsible investment plans for soil health derived from the NDCs' targets.

Inventory of strategies and investments plans existing as of 2020.

50% of the UNFCCC country Parties = 98 countries.100% of the UNFCC country Parties = 196 countries.

Task Force B1



Baseline 202020302050
Technology database

Facilitate access to information and capacity development for land managers, in particular women, on how to improve soil health and increase SOC content for all agro-pedo-climatic regions.

Database of good practices on SOC management and capacity development delivered to one region and its sub-regions, as of 2021. Ex: Africa could be the 1st targeted area.

Development of the basis of the database with some major partners.

Database of good practices on SOC management and capacity development delivered in 2 additional regions like Asia and South America. Reviews and assessments conducted every year.Database of good practices on SOC management and capacity development delivered globally.

Task Force B2



Baseline 202020302050
GAFOLUP Helpdesk

Develop and implement science-based regional helpdesks for :

(a) the planning of local actions on good AFOLU management practices

(b) the establishment and use of compensation schemes for carbon sequestration

(c) provision of ecosystem services at appropriate levels (principle of subsidiarity)

Help-desk active in one region as of 2021.Help-desk active in 5 regions.Help-desk active globally with more countries and sub-regions involved.

Task Force B3



Baseline 202020302050
MRV Tool-Kit

Develop a user-friendly online toolkit (including verified assessment and monitoring tools) on soil health and soil organic carbon.

Collection of existing tools and experts.

Compile and launch an online tool-box that will be improved continuously.

Actors in 40 countries use 20% of the tools of the box.

Actors in all countries use 40% of the tools of the box.

Task Force B4


Raise awareness and advocacy, build trust, encourage partnerships, engagements, and commitments of all stakeholders



Baseline 202020302050
Advocacy & Awareness

Advocate for soil health and the importance of soils for climate and food security and raise the general awareness  on the central role of the "4 per 1000" Initiative

In 2020, no measurement of the assisted-awareness of the "4 per 1000" brand is available. Measurement to be conducted.

100% of assisted awareness-notoriety for the "4 per 1000" brand.100% of spontaneous awareness-notoriety for the "4 per 1000" brand.

Task Force C1



Baseline 202020302050
Soil Regeneration

Promote the paradigm shift from "soil exploitation" to "soil regeneration" through agroecology and sustainable land management practices at the level of producers and businesses along value chains.

Globally, contact 10% to 15% of farmer associations / federations per region.

Contact the Top 20 global Food businesses involved in Ag. and or Forestry.

Contact 100% of farmer associations per region.

Contact the Top 50 global Food businesses involved in Ag. and or Forestry.

Contact the Top 20 regionally.

Reach regionally, 100% of smallholder farmers and family-held farms. 

Contact the Top 100 global Food businesses involved in Ag. and or Forestry.

Task Force C2



Baseline 202020302050

Convince policy makers and funders to increase commitments and investments in AFOLU in favor of soil health and carbon sequestration.

The Top 20* institutions contacted end of 2020.

* Refering to the 2018 study about potential funders

In 2030, the Top 80* institutions have been reached.In 2050, every single policy maker or funder have been contacted.

Task Force C3



Baseline 202020302050
Branding & CertificationDevelop and implement "4 per 1000" branding mechanisms (seals, certification, awards, etc), as a benchmark for soil health and SOC build-up

Study on interests and conditions to develop "4 per 1000" branding mechanisms.

Decision upon the branding mechanisms to select to improve the "4 per 1000' branding (target / audience / tools & purpose to be further defined).

Put the tools to be developed, on a timeline.

"4 per 1000" branding mechanisms fully operational."4 per 1000" branding mechanisms assessed, updated and fully operational.

Task Force C4


Implement an online collaborative platform that facilitates and supports interaction between partners, with a powerful toolbox, business plan and knowledge management strategy



Baseline 202020302050
PlatformFacilitate, encourage, enhance and strengthen collaborations and exchanges among stakeholders within and around the Initiative 

Collaborative platform 2.0 fully operational for the Secretariat, the STC and the Bureau.

End of 2021/22, platform fully operational for all members and partners.

Collaborative platform 2.0 fully operational for all members and partners of the "4 per 1000" Initiative.Collaborative platform fully operational.

Task Force D1



Baseline 202020302050
OutreachContribute to the inception, development and outreach of regional networks

1 to 2 "4 per 1000"regional meetings organized every year

5 regional meetings organized every year or every two years5 regional meetings organized every year

Task Force D2



Baseline 202020302050
Mobilize Youth & Seniors

Mobilize youth & senior networks on agriculture and forestry that support producers and local action groups in their transition to agro-ecology, including sustainable land management practices.

Define the most active youth & senior networks in each of the 5 regions. Contact the most active ones, globally.Active partnership with regional youth & senior networks in the 5 "4 per 1000" regions.Active partnership with regional youth & senior networks in the 5 "4 per 1000" regions.

Task Force D3



Baseline 202020302050
Strategic Partnerships

Develop strategic partnerships and coalitions with relevant global networks and Initiatives.

Refer to the 2018 study about potential funders. Reach 20% of the most relevant global networks, Initiatives.

Sign a partnership with 10 to 20 of them.Partnership with 50 of the most relevant and global networks, Initiatives.

Task Force D4


Establish an international science-based framework recognized by all stakeholders for the assessment of impact through Monitoring, Reporting & Verification



Baseline 202020302050
Monitoring, Reporting and Verification

Screen and evaluate monitoring tools (remote sensing, database, sensors, etc) and methodologies that estimate state and change of soil organic carbon content at various scales

Identification of the 5 major players.Complete overview of the 20 major players and their methods of screen monitoring tools."4 per 1000" catalog about all the methods of screen monitoring tools.

Task Force E1



Baseline 202020302050
Soil MonitoringMonitor independently, and in near real time, SOC and soil health at the global, regional and national levels

Identification of the 5 major players.

Inception of the real-time SOC monitoring dashboard.

Real-time SOC monitoring dashboard operational.Real-time SOC monitoring dashboard adopted at regional and sub-regional scales.

Task Force E2



Baseline 202020302050
Impact AssessmentContribute to the improvement of impact assessment tools (EX-ACT (Ex-Ante Carbon-balance Tool); CBP (Carbon Benefits Project) tool, etc) in line with the ambition of the "4 per 1000" Initiative, including socio-economic dimensions.

Contact and explore possible collaboration with the developers of existing tools.

Collaboration with 2 developers of the impact assessment tools.Collaboration with 4 developers of impact assessment tools.

Task Force E3


Highlight the pertinence of the "4 per 1000" Initiative by initiating and supporting concrete and result-oriented actions on the ground and increase resource mobilization to ensure the long-term viability of the Initiative.



Baseline 202020302050
Twin-RegionsLaunch a pilot project based on "Twin-Regions" concept for large scale climate actionsLaunch a twin pilot project that verifies the relevance of the "Twin-Regions" concept for large scale climate actions in 24 municipalities in 3 distinct regions in Europe (Germany, France and Spain) and Africa (DRC, Benin, Mali).Adoption of twin-regions concept in municipalities of 20 countries.Adoption of twin-regions concept in municipalities in all countries.

Task Force F1



Baseline 202020302050
Resource MobilizationEnhance Resource Mobilization to ensure the long term viability of the Initiative

Total annual budget 2020: 961 K Euros

(including core budget of 721 K Euros)

Manage a 2 to 5 million Euros budget.Manage a 10 to 20 million Euros budget.

Task Force F2



Baseline 202020302050
DashboardProvide a "4 per 1000" dashboard delivering near real time quantitative information on progress of the Initiative, taking into account partners and members and their actionsDevelop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) as a baseline.

By the end of 2021 the dashbord will be operational and regularly updated.

In 2025 the dashboard will be recognized as an international standard.

Dashboard is generally and internationally used as a reference by the community of practitioners.

Task Force F3


  1. Anonymous

    merci bien pour cette initiative

  2. Anonymous

    The last one should be "Goal F - Crosscutting Actions"

    1. Thanks to whoever discovered the mistake and made made this comment. Best regards.

  3. Anonymous

    Thank you VERY much for your efforts

  4. Anonymous

    Merci pour ce travail collaboratif et complet

  5. Anonymous

    Congrat for that quality work! Impressed by your efforts and eager to join!

  6. Anonymous

    Merci pour cette initiative, c'est très noble et scientifique

  7. Anonymous

    EXcellente initiative

  8. Anonymous

    Thanks a lot for the great effort to joint different people, skill, order to increase the general implementation of this mitigation strategy.

  9. This is an important initiative that addresses climate change mitigation-based issues on the table of the decision-makers. Good start strategically and technically may achieve the goal. Regards!

  10. Merci pour cette belle initiative, c'est vraiment innovant. 

  11. Anonymous

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  12. merci pour cette initiative

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