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1ST NORTHERN EUROPEAN “4 PER 1000” REGIONAL MEETING: MORE CARBON IN THE SOIL FOR MULTIPLE BENEFITS

Join your Northern European colleagues in Helsinki, Finland, in June 2023 to discuss soil carbon sequestration, gain new perspectives, become inspired, and build co-operation to scale up regenerative agriculture!

THE EVENT

Time

6–8 June 2023

Place

Hilton Kalastajatorppa in Helsinki, Finland

Target groups

Researchers, farmers, NGOs, company representatives, and policymakers from Northern Europe

Registration

Registration begins on 5 December 2022.

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In brief

Cooperation is key in unleashing the potential of agricultural soils to mitigate climate change, halt biodiversity loss, protect waters, and increase food security.

The 1st ever Northern Europe “4 per 1000” Regional Meeting aims to stimulate and enlighten interaction between multiple stakeholders – researchers, farmers, policymakers, NGOs, and companies.

The topics of the meeting are:

  • Healthy soils, linking climate change and biodiversity loss, as well as water protection and food security
  • Monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) of the soil carbon exchange and storage
  • Peat soils as a special case

The meeting is targeted to stakeholders from the following countries: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Ireland, United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

Preliminary programme

6 June 2023, 2 pm onwards

Panel discussion and poster session

High-level talks
Panel discussion: Climate change and biodiversity, issues specific to Northern European agriculture
Farmer stories
Poster session
Dinner

7 June 2023, 9 am – 5 pm

Plenary and parallell sessions

Plenary opening
Parallel sessions:

  • Healthy soils for climate, biodiversity, and water protection
  • Soil carbon monitoring, reporting, verification – scientific basis for public and private incentives
  • Special case for Northern Europe: Peatlands

Panel discussion: How can we achieve the objectives of the “4 per 1000” initiative?

8 June 2023

Field site visits

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Co-operation is key in unleashing the potential of agricultural soils to mitigate climate change, halt biodiversity loss, protect waters, and increase food security.

Venue

The conference takes place at Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa, just a short tram ride from the city centre. Expect local and regeneratively farmed food, and ample opportunities to enjoy fresh, early-summer Nordic greenery – and perhaps a dip in the Baltic Sea.

Organisers and financers

The conference is co-organised by the Baltic Sea Action Group and the “4 per 1000” Initiative. The main financers are the “Catch the Carbon” programme of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland, the Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland, and the ”4 per 1000” Initiative. It is also sponsored by EIT Food and the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council.

What is the “4 per 1000” Initiative?

The ”4 per 1000” Initiative aims to achieve an annual growth rate of 0.4% in the soil carbon stocks, or 4‰ per year, in the first 30–40 cm of soil. Agricultural soils can play a crucial role in food security and climate change mitigation. 

CONTACT US

Elisa Vainio

Projektipäällikkö, uudistava maatalous, kansainvälinen maaperäyhteistyö

+358 40 506 4620

elisa.vainio@bsag.fi

Laura Höijer

Toimitusjohtaja

+358 50 586 2680

laura.hoijer@bsag.fi

ORGANISED AND FUNDED BY

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