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CIRCASA 2nd Annual meeting - March 2020, Wageningen

CIRCASA 2nd Annual meeting - March 2020, Wageningen
04-06 March 2020, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

CIRCASA’s 2nd Annual meeting was held from the 4th March to 6th March 2020 at Wageningen. In the meeting, approximately 70 European and international experts working in the field of carbon sequestration, climate change mitigation and adaptation gathered. This 2nd annual meeting gave the opportunity to share and integrate efforts as the first and second day was dedicated to introduce and present different projects, initiatives, and networks in this field.

At an international level, we were very glad to welcome representatives from the 4p1000 initiative, the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, The CaSa Network, and the recently launched European Joint Program On Agricultural Soils (EJP), among others.

Policy representatives were also present; we had the honor to welcome the former Dutch minister on agriculture and current chair of the EU mission board on soil health and food, Mr. Cees Veerman, who emphasized the importance of integrated efforts in the frame of the new European Green Deal. As well as Annette Schneegans (EC DG Agri), the current policy officer of the CIRCASA project.

Aside from CIRCASA Work Packages activities, a range of current topics and studies were presented;

Research projects, studies and innovations on soil organic carbon monitoring systems, labels, business models and value chains were presented aligned with CIRCASA International Research Consortium topics. (

1. Frontiers Research:

The 2nd annual meeting was a great opportunity to collectively gather the scientific gaps, barriers, and breakthroughs on agricultural soil carbon. Projects like FACCE-JPI and the EJP soils external calls are a good example of international collaboration in this field. Non-EU countries and research agencies were also widely present to support CIRCASA IRC.

2. Framework for a global monitoring system for soil organic carbon dynamics:

Numerous projects and methods in the field of soil data analyzing (SoilGrids from ISRIC), data interoperability (DATA4C+ by CIRAD), remote sensing technologies (SAFYE-CO2 by CSBIO), big data approaches (AgriCircle new soil sampling methods), farm-level monitoring tools and mechanisms (COMET-Farm) were presented. The International Soil Carbon Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) system has shown to be a major breakthrough in this aspect allowing to integrate a range of knowledge and activities.

 3. Innovation for scaling out soil carbon sequestration:

Socio-Economic studies and business models were another important topics mentioned during this meeting. Labels like the French Low Carbon Label and the African project DSCATT on farming systems presented during the meeting are just some examples of international innovation supporting soil carbon sequestration. The value chain of soil carbon is indeed an important factor to take into account for future policies.

Towards an International Research Consortium

Participants and CIRCASA members had the opportunity to collectively review the upcoming International Research Consortium structure, governance, and work program.  

JFS_Towards and IRC

Project coordinator and WP leaders took the opportunity to call for an expression of interest on different task forces of the IRC.

If you or your organization is interested to participate in the IRC, please contact us!



You can access to The Annual Meeting PPT presentations via this link.