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Kick-off of the Soil Carbon IRC

Madrid (Spain), 21 November

4:45 to 5:45 PM

Mark your calendar for the launch of the Soil Carbon International Research Consortium (IRC)! It will emerge from ORCaSa and its 5 regional nodes, and will be officially inaugurated in Madrid during the first edition of the European Mission Soil Week.

During the hour-long session, the services provided and key information on IRC governance will be presented. There will also be explanations on why and how to join the IRC, as well as testimonials from interested members of the soil carbon community. And many other surprises too!

Hand in hand with the 4p1000 Initiative and supporting the Paris Agreement and the SDGs, the Soil Carbon IRC will cover all soils (agriculture lands, forests, pastures, wetlands, urban areas, etc.) and is open to professionals working for universities, research organisations, national or international initiatives or programmes, living labs, R&D agencies, foundations, banks, private companies, start-ups, policymakers, agriculture experts, or NGOs working with food, climate, and environmental topics, etc. By joining the IRC, they will access and be active in the following key services:

  • Research alignment and calls
  • Harmonisation MRV framework
  • Online knowledge platform

How to participate?

All you need to do is register online on the European Mission Soil Week website! We look forward to seeing many of you in Madrid.

The European Mission Soil Week

Organised by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) in the context of the Mission Soil together with the EU funded project PREPSOIL and the Joint Research Centre – EU Soil Observatory (EUSO), the European Mission Soil Week will be held from 21 to 23 November 2023. It will bring together the European soil community: researchers, policymakers, farmers, foresters, spatial planners, landowners and land managers, businesses, and organisations as well as the general public, to discuss the challenges for making and keeping EU soils healthy.

Soil health is high on the EU political agenda. The European Green Deal and other policies recognise soil health as an essential element for achieving their objectives, such as climate neutrality, stopping desertification and land degradation or reversing biodiversity loss. This first edition of the European Mission Soil Week adds momentum to the ongoing efforts to improve soil health and provides a platform to discuss how soil health, related innovation, experimentation, demonstration, monitoring, increased public awareness and citizen engagement through the Mission Soil can contribute to the green transition.