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.


Introduction

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.


Goal A - INCEPTION & CONCEPTUALIZATION

Facilitate the inception and conceptualization of policies, instruments, and mechanisms that support stakeholders' capacity to implement the Initiative


Core Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 2020Target 2030Target 2050
NDCs

All UNFCCC parties include soil health (SH) and soil organic carbon (SOC) in their
Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and consider both in their national
agriculture, forestry, and land use plans and programs

In 2019, out of 196
countries' NDCs, only 28
specified SOC, peatland,
or wetland targets,
policies, or measures

All countries that are members and partners of the 4 by 1000 Initiative include quantitative targets for SH and SOC in their NDCs and related documents and reference them in their national plans and programs for agriculture, forestry, and land use

All UNFCCC Parties include quantitative targets for SH and SOC in their NDCs and related documents and reference them in their national
plans and programs for agriculture, forestry, and land use


Task Force A1


Global Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050

Project

Development

Innovative on the ground projects, which focus on soil health (SH) and soil organic carbon (SOC) and are consistent with the "4 per 1000" vision as well as with the set of criteria and indicators for formative project evaluation developed by the STC, are encouraged, facilitated, and funded.

A call-for-projects was introduced.

5 to 10 high-quality projects were evaluated as being in line with the "4 per 1000" vision and the set of criteria and indicators developed by the STC.

International mechanisms which fund projects focusing on SH and climate change mitigation  through carbon sequestration (including local and small-scale projects) are established and operate based on a harmonized system for project development, monitoring, and evaluation.

The "4 per 1000" call-for-projects and the scientifictechnical advice support at least 30 projects a year in the acquisition of funding and the alignment with the Initiative's vision, based on the "4 per 1000" reference criteria and indicators for formative project assessment.

All partner countries and organizations of the "4 per 1000" Initiative are able to implement projects on the ground that are in line with the "4 per 1000" vision as well as with the reference criteria and indicators and are supported by the international mechanisms installed in 2030.


Task Force A2


Core Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
Share experiences

Relevant ideas, innovations, and success stories (bottom-up and top-down approaches) from the "4 per 1000" stakeholders are compiled, communicated globally, discussed and considered.

Success stories are shared via newsletters, during the annual Forum of partners, and during events of the Climate-Soil Community of Practice (CoP)

5 thematic events per year

A virtual fair involving 50% of the partners

10 thematic events per year

A virtual fair involving all partners


Task Force A3


Core Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
Stakholder interaction

Regional stakeholders meet and interact to build regional evidence-based programs for on-the-ground action, with an emphasis on the dialogue between policymakers and scientists.

1 global and 1-2 regional (online) meetings a year with respective outcome reports

1 (online) meeting per year in each region following a long-term concept with collaborative activities between the meetings

3-5 (online) meetings per year in each region following a long-term concept with collaborative activities between the meetings


Task Force A4


Global Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
Carbon Markets

The best carbon market mechanisms and offsets for soil carbon sequestration are screened, compiled, and shared to contribute to their further improvement,  transparency, and accessibility.

Qualitative data on SOC, carbon markets, and compensation schemes in agriculture and forestry have been compiled and are freely accessible

3 to 5 compensation schemes have been identified as commendable by the "4 per 1000" Initiative and are shared among the network through the collaborative platform and the initiative's website

3 to 5 alternative economic instruments providing a real financial incentive that drives the transformation towards agroecology have been explored and/or developed


Task Force A5


Core Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
Conceptual framework

A scientific conceptual framework that illustrates the interrelations between the main driving factors, including socioeconomic aspects, for SH, SOC and, ultimately, a positive carbon balance in Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) systems has been developed with research programs, international scientific cooperation and the Scientific and Technical Committee (STC).

A multi-stakeholder discussion was started

Contribution to CIRCASA project and inception of the IRC

A scientific conceptual framework has been elaborated and is used for internal and external communication and decision-making

The scientific conceptual framework has been updated and is used for internal and external communication and decision-making


Task Force A6


Goal B - IMPLEMENTATION

Enhance the enabling environment for large-scale implementation of the Initiative on the ground


Core Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
Investment Plans

National and supranational strategies (including incentive and regulatory mechanisms) and responsible investment plans for SH derived from the targets set in the NDCs are developed and implemented.

Inventory of strategies and investments plans

All country members and partners of the "4 per 1000" initiative include soil health and soil organic carbon as quantitative targets in their investment plans and related documents and refer to them in their national agriculture, forestry, and land use plans and programs

All UNFCCC country parties include soil health and soil organic carbon as quantitative targets in their investment plans and related documents and refer to them in their national agriculture, forestry, and land use plans and programs


Task Force B1


Global Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
Technology databaseA technology database allows land managers to quickly access information and build capacity to improve Soil Health (SH) and increase Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) for all agro-pedo-climatic regions.Presently, the "4 per 1000" Initiative does not provide access to databases with relevant content, and existing databases on good agricultural practices do not systematically indicate the potential impact on SH and climateAn advanced and updated database is available for SOC and SH improvement in two other regions. Reviews and assessments are conducted every yearAn advanced and updated database related to SOC and SH improvement is delivered globally


Task Force B2


Global Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
GAFOLUP Helpdesk

Science-based regional help-desks for (a) planning local Good Agricultural, Forestry, and Other Land Use Practices (GAFOLUP) policies, (b) establishing and applying carbon sequestration compensation schemes, and (c) promotion of actions at appropriate levels following the principle of subsidiarity, fostering ecosystem services are developed and implemented.

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


Global Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
MRV Tools

A global user-friendly, freely accessible online, updated and improved MRV (Monitoring, Reporting & Verification) toolbox on SH and SOC, providing i.a. tools for cost-benefit analysis, evaluation, monitoring, and decision support systems is available.

Existing tools and experts on MRV are known and active in the "4 per 1000" network

Existing MRV tool kits have comparable and clearly defined outputs available on the electronic platform

The MRV toolkit provides an important foundation for the development and application of a dynamic and ecosystembased diagnosis of soil health


Task Force B4


Goal C - PROMOTION

Advocate and raise awareness to foster a commitment to the Initiative's vision by all stakeholders


Core Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
Advocacy & Awareness

Decision-makers and the general public are aware of the interdependence between soil, climate, and food security and recognize the central role of the "4 per 1000" Initiative as a driver for change.

Sporadic events target the public on the importance of soils for climate and food security. A significant presence on social media and simple Public Relation (PR) Kit available

Information and educational material (PR kits, etc.) on the importance of soils for climate and food security, in the 5 UNlanguages, are available on the "4 per 1000" electronic platform/website. "4 per 1000" network conducts at least 10 awareness-raising events per year targeting decision-makers and the general public

"4 per 1000" network to conduct at least 50 awareness-raising events, per year, targeting decision-makers and the general public (policymakers, public, schools, farmers, land planners, and other stakeholders and influencers)


Task Force C1


Global Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
Urge Soil Regeneration

Value chain actors in agriculture and forestry, as well as land managers, have undergone a paradigm shift from "exploitation of soils" to "regeneration of soils" and have adopted the sciencebased principles of agroecology and sustainable land management.

Adoption rates of agroecology are insignificant. Products from agroecology play an insignificant role in global food supply chains. The soil exploitation paradigm prevails as a principle for land management

50% of value chain actors in agriculture and forestry have adopted the principles of agroecology and sustainable land management

100% of value chain actors in agriculture and forestry have adopted the principles of agroecology and sustainable land management in practice


Task Force C2


Core Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050

Increased investments

Convince policymakers 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.

* Referring to the 2018 study about potential funders

In 2030, the Top 80** institutions have been reached.

** Referring to the Funders' overview study "Mapping of active Finance Providers" delivered by the Consultancy team: Perspectives Climate Group in Dec. 2021 (funded by GIZ).

In 2050, all policymakers and funders have been contacted.


Task Force C3


Core Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
Branding & Certification

Soil health branding mechanisms including a "4 per 1000" brand (seals, certification, awards, labeling, etc) are developed, improved, and implemented as a benchmark for soil health and SOC build-up.

No widely recognized soil health branding mechanisms exist

Soil health branding mechanisms are fully operational

Soil health branding mechanisms assessed, updated, and fully operational


Task Force C4


Goal D - COLLABORATION

Foster interaction and collaboration among stakeholders to achieve the initiative's vision


Global Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
Collaborative platform

A boosted electronic collaborative platform including regional portals facilitates, improves, and strengthens collaboration and exchange between stakeholders within and around the Initiative.

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

Collaborative platform 2.0 fully operational for all (members and partners of the "4 per 1000" Initiative and all interested actors) developed at the 5 regional levels of the Initiative.

The collaborative platform is fully operational.


Task Force D1


Core Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050

Regional networks

"4 per 1000" regional networks established, developed, and expanded

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

"4 per 1000" regional networks are established in all regions and active in partner and member countries.

"4 per 1000" regional networks established in all regions and active in all countries.


Task Force D2


Global Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050

Youth & Seniors

Youth & senior networks are mobilized and support producers (farmers, pastorals, and foresters) and local action groups in their agroecological transition, including sustainable land management practices.

Sporadic contact with youth & senior networks

Active partnership with regional youth & senior networks among the "4 per 1000" partners

Active partnership with regional youth & senior networks in all regions


Task Force D3


Core Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
Partnerships & alliiances

Partnerships & Alliances within the "4 per 1000" Initiative's network and with other related global funding and implementing organizations, networks, and initiatives are established which enhance the support and enabling environment for transformative action on the ground.

Partnerships & Alliances with few global networks and Initiatives

Partnerships & Alliances with related global networks and Initiatives and 50% of the "4 per 1000" partners are engaged in partnerships or alliances."

Partnerships & Alliances with related global networks and Initiatives and 100% of the "4 per 1000" partners are engaged in partnerships or alliances


Task Force D4


Goal E - FOLLOW UP

Establish an international science-based framework for monitoring, reporting & verification, and impact assessment


Global Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
MRV systems

A catalog of Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems* (remote sensing, databases, sensors, etc.), that provide accurate and reliable information about Soil Health (SH) and Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) stock change at various scales globally, is accessible.

*B4 is aimed at practitioners in the field. E1 is aimed at decision-makers

Identification of the 5 major operators

Complete overview of the 20 major operators and their monitoring systems

"4 per 1000" catalog covering all monitoring systems


Task Force E1


Global Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
Soil health observatory

Soil Health (SH) and potential Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) are monitored in near real-time at global, regional, and national levels.

Identification of some major operators

The inception of the real-time SH & SOC observatory

Real-time SH & SOC observatory is operational at global, regional, and sub-regional levels


Task Force E2


Global Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
Impact Assessment

Impact assessment tools (including the socio-economic dimension) to evaluate if projects, practices, or programs are in line with the vision of the "4 per 1000" Initiative, are accessible, and are continuously improved.

Exploration of possible collaboration with the developers of existing tools: FAO EX-ACT (Ex-Ante Carbon-balance Tool); Wocat CBP (Carbon Benefits Project) tool, etc.)

Online access to basic impact assessment tools is available for users

Online access to updated and extended impact assessment tools is available for users


Task Force E3


Goal F - CROSSCUTTING ACTIONS

Promote long-term viability and scaling up of the Initiative through citizen involvement, resource mobilization, and reporting on progress


Core Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
Twin-Regions

The concept of "Twin Regions" aiming to unleash the synergistic potential of cooperation between contrasting and complementary regions to combat climate change, restore ecosystems, and improve livelihoods, is adopted.

A pilot project under evaluation to implement the "Twin Regions" concept in 3 distinct regions in Europe (France, Germany, and Spain) and Africa (Benin, DRC, Mali)

The twin-regions concept is adopted in municipalities of 20 "4 per 1000" partner countries

The twin-regions concept is adopted in municipalities of all "4 per 1000" partner countries


Task Force F1


Core Facility

Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
Resource Mobilization

The "4 per 1000" Initiative has mobilized sufficient resources to ensure the implementation of the strategy including the functioning of the Executive Secretariat to achieve the envisaged impact.

Total annual budget 2020: 961 K Euros (including the core budget of 721 K€) but the available budget is only 450 k€.

The baseline of investments into soil health projects on the ground has not been established

The level of mobilized resources by partners contributing  to the implementation of the 4p1000 vision increases by 10% annually

The level of investments has doubled as compared to 2030


Task Force F2


Label

Objective

Baseline 202020302050
Dashboard

A "4 per 1000" dashboard delivering near real-time information on the progress of the Initiative, considering Partners and Members and their actions is available.

Annual reports are available

By the end of 2022, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are established.

By the end of 2023, the dashboard will be operational and regularly updated

The "4 per 1000" dashboard is operational, regularly updated, and recognized as an international standard


Task Force F3

13 Comments

  1. Anonymous

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  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

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  6. Anonymous

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  7. Anonymous

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  8. Anonymous

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  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!

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  11. Anonymous

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  12. merci pour cette initiative