Together with oceans and forests, soils are the third largest planetary carbon sink. While there is due recognition of the importance of forests, soils have never been distinctively acknowledged and celebrated at the COP, nor has there been a multi-stakeholder, major endorsement of soil health at the COP.
The objectives of this thematic day are:
- To affirm that sustainable food systems are part of the climate solution, particularly through large-scale adoption of sustainable soil and land management practices that benefit nature and people, serving as a nature-based solutions such as regenerative agriculture, agroecology and other approaches for mitigating global warming while also ensuring long-term productivity and enhanced resilience.
- To endorse the need for further international action and cooperation to revert current soil degradation processes and urge all parties to elevate the importance of soil health in international commitments, thus ensuring the involvement of multiple stakeholders to facilitate the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals and in particular SDG 1, 2, 13 and 15.
- To generate the scaling of already existing solutions, technologies, practices and programs, accelerate progress and harness collective strength by showcasing relevant case studies in the field and throughout the supply chain up to the consumer, presenting policy incentives and offering a glimpse of cutting-edge research.