Title: Soil carbon sequestration for climate, food security and ecosystem services. Proceedings of the International conference 27-29 may 2013, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Editors: HALLDORSSON Gudmundur
BAMPA Francesca
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC88412
ISBN: 978-92-79-35595-0
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 26540
OP LB-NA-26540-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC88412
DOI: 10.2788/17815
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The international conference on SOIL CARBON SEQUESTRATION for climate, food security and ecosystem services – linking science, policy and action (SCS2013) took place in Reykjavik Iceland on 27. – 29. May 2013. The conference was organized by the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland, the Agricultural University of Iceland and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (Collaboration Agreement No 31059) in partnership with a group of international and UN agencies, universities and non-governmental organizations. The scientific soil community acknowledges that there is an urgent need to communicate better the value of soil carbon to a broader public. The message so far has not actively reached the media, the public and policy makers. The SCS2013 conference brought all together a broad different spectrum of soil carbon experts, in order to link science, policy and action on soil carbon sequestration issues. Approximately 200 people from 40 countries from all continents attended the conference: young and high level scientists; present and future leaders in restoration and land management; administrators and policymakers. The conference received extensive media coverage, both in Iceland and globally. Despite coming from different countries and backgrounds, with varied scientific interests and convictions, the overall message was that soil and his management, specifically soil carbon, needs be a substantial part of the solution in mitigating climate change, ensuring food security and providing ecosystem services. Furthermore soil conservation, preservation and restoration could be considered as “win-win” processes for meeting other goals. The SCS2013 conference represents an example of bridge between scientists, land managers and policy makers. The EC was actively involved in the conference and is still willing to bridge the communication gap between science and policy and to continue to act as interface. The conference proceedings aim to present how the potential role of soil carbon sequestration has been discussed along different sessions (forest/cropland/revegetation/desertification/wetland/rangeland/verification) and from different perspectives.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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