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CIRCASA participation at the COP25

CIRCASA participation at the COP25
The 25th UN Climate Change Conference will be taking place in Madrid, Spain, and will convene from 2-13 December 2019. It will feature the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the United Nations Framework Convention to Combat Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 51st meetings of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies - the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 51) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 51).

The Presidency will convene, inter alia:

  • A UNFCCC, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Roundtable on 7 December;
  • A Ministerial Dialogue on Adaptation Ambition on 10 December;
  • A Panel on Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Ambition on 6 December; and
  • A High Level Event on Forests on 5 December.

Other prominent events taking place during the COP include roundtables on: the agri-food chain; SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 15 (life on land); circular economy in cities and buildings; circular economy in packaging and business models; resilience; and SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy). Action events will convene on industry, water, land use, oceans and coastal zones, energy, transport, and human settlements. The SBSTA and the IPCC will hold joint special events on the SROCC and the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL).

The full COP25 provisional agenda can be accessed here.

CIRCASA's involvement in COP25:

Side events are an excellent opportunity for a wide range of organizations, from governments and international organizations, to civil society and private sector organizations, to highlight an array of important climate change issues at UNFCCC conferences. These events provide a platform for information dissemination, capacity building, and policy discussions.

 Our schedule to date:

Thursday 05th  Dec

EU cop25

Event: Soil Carbon as NBS to address climate change: Towards and International Research Consortium

Time: 15:30 -16:30

Venue: BLUE ZONE, EC pavilion, Room: Brussels


The importance of Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) for positive environmental and development outcomes has gained recognition as a result of breakthrough decisions at the twelfth session of the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the latest IPCC special report on Land and Climate change. SOC monitoring and assessment for multiple conventions could contribute towards collective, mutually beneficial resource use.

There is the need for the development and implementation of a new strategic research agenda on SOC assessing the potential for an international infrastructure on soil C monitoring. Implementation of such research agenda will require a dedicated international research consortium federating all the major research institutions active on the various aspects of SOC  management. This side event should be a first step towards convening interested stakeholders wishing to join such an ambitious strategic research agenda towards forming a Community of Practice on soil organic carbon management.

The side event will include a keynote presentation on SOC, presentation of the H2020 CIRCASA project and the prospects for international research consortium on SOC  followed by an open interactive discussion among participants.


  • Jean-François Soussana (INRA's Vice Chair for International Affairs, IPCC SRCCL Author)
  • Cristina Arias-Navarro (Scientific Officer, H2020 CIRCASA Project)
  • Hayden Montgomery (Special Representative, Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA))

 Organizers: INRA


Saturday 07th  Dec


Event: Nature Based Solutions for negative emissions: landscape restoration in Amazonia region

Time: 11:30 -13:00

Venue: BLUE ZONE, UNFCCC official side event, Room 4


Carbon dioxide removal can be obtained from nature-based (soil carbon sequestration, agroforestry, reforestation) and technology-based (biochar, BECCS) solutions. Their co-benefits, adverse effects, cost, technical potential, enabling conditions for implementation will be presented and discussed. Implementation of landscape restoration will be discussed, based on a case study in Amazonia.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Jean-François Soussana (INRA)
  • Valéry Gond (CIRAD)
  • Panel National delegates

Organizers: CIRAD, INRA


Wednesday  11th  Dec

4p1000 day

Event: 3rd "4 per 1000 Initiative Day”

Venue: Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


The 4 per 1000 Initiative "Soil for Food Security and Climate" organizes, with the support of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the 3rd "4 per 1000 Initiative Day’. This day, which is now annual and is being organized in conjunction with the UNFCCC COP, will bring together the 5th meeting of the Consortium of Members and the 4th meeting of the Forum of Partners. This 3rd "4 per 1000 Initiative day" will be divided into several parts: A long morning, with an introductory part bringing together personalities during a High Level Segment followed by the 4th Forum of Partners with, this year, only plenary sessions; this half-day will be open to Members, Partners, and organisations wishing to join the Initiative but who have not yet done so;  In the afternoon, with the 5th meeting of the Consortium reserved for Consortium's Members only, followed by a closing cocktail open to all. CIRCASA project and the prospects for an IRC will be presented.

Registration (mandatory):



 CIRCASA (Coordination of International Research Cooperation on Soil Carbon Sequestration in Agriculture) aims to develop international synergies concerning research and knowledge exchange in the field of carbon sequestration in agricultural soils at European Union and global levels, with the active engagement of all relevant stakeholders.