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CIRCASA project

CIRCASA project final conference

CIRCASA project final conference
The CIRCASA project comes to an end in February 2021, for the occasion, the project held a virtual webinar to kick-off the work of the International Research Consortium in soil carbon. The end of CIRCASA project is certainly not the end of the global collaborations, during these 3 years of integrative efforts, an important international network has been consolidated and we are enthusiastic to see what will come next.

CIRCASA final event has been held on the 10th February 2021 virtually, this was the opportunity to gather up to two hundred forty participants from across the globe to explore the strategic research agenda and take steps towards an international research consortium (IRC) on soil organic carbon. The large number of participants at this conference shows the growing interest worldwide in soil carbon.

During the virtual event, CIRCASA project inputs were presented as well as the vision of the governance and funding of the IRC based on the pillars of the co-designed Strategic Research Agenda.

> See our article on the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA)

It was also the opportunity to share the statements of commitment from different world regions, relevant stakeholders, and global initiatives. The project has received numerous expressions of interest from stakeholders and some of them were invited to publicly express their commitment to the IRC. Stakeholders such as the Carbon Action, Nestlé, Verra, ACIAR, Nataïs, and the Nature Conservancy presented the challenges in their activity domain our region and how the Pillars of CIRCASA IRC could contribute to addressing those challenges.

CIRCASA’s research agenda

The strategic agenda developed in CIRCASA proposes four pillars of action.

  • Pillar 1 focuses on combining big data, artificial intelligence, and ecological theories to improve the understanding of the role of agricultural management for soil health.
  • Pillar 2 aims to advance the setting up of an international standard for the monitoring, reporting, and verification of soil carbon.
  • Pillar 3 is dedicated to agro-ecological and technological innovations.
  • Pillar 4 focuses on advancing an enabling environment for farmers. This includes understanding and piloting institutional, legal, and economic solutions.


The meeting ended up with a fruitful discussion between panelists and the participants where it has been highlighted that CIRCASA team will carry on its efforts preparing this IRC, developing a formal dialog with potential partners including funders, developers, and users. “It is not because the project ends that our activity stops, pointed out Jean-François Soussana, coordinator of CIRCASA project, we will seek interest and develop use cases as well as prepare preliminary discussions on the level of commitment”.

A letter of interest is available for the organization or institution interested in joining the consortium.

Please find the template for the letter of interest here:



Policy and Research Context

CIRCASA Project –  General Overview  and SRA/IRC

  • Dr. Jean-Francois-Soussana, INRAE, France
  • Prof. Pete Smith, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Dr. Ana Frelih-Larsen, Ecologic Institute, Berlin

Expressions of interest of global regions

  • Prof. Tantely Razafimbelo, Tantanarivo U., Madagascar
  • Prof. Hongmin Dong, CAAS, China
  • Dr. Beata Emoke Madari, EMBRAPA, Brazil
  • Prof. Pavel Krasilnikov, Lomonosov U., Russia
  • Dr. Ben Macdonald, CSIRO, Australia

Commitments of stakeholders and global initiatives

  • Ms. Laura Hoijer, Director, BSAG, Carbon Action, Finland
  • Dr. Dionys Forster, Sourcing Lead, Nestlé, Switzerland
  • Mr. Stefan Jirka, Program Manager, Verra, USA
  • Mr. Lee Nelson, Program Manager, ACIAR, Australia
  • Mr. Michaël Ehmann, CEO, Nataïs, France
  • Dr. Deborah Bossio, Lead Soil Scientist, The Nature Conservancy, USA
  • Dr. Ronald Vargas, Secretary, Global Soil Partnership, FAO
  • Mr. Hayden Montgomery, Special Representative, GlobalResearch Alliance
  • Dr. Paul Luu, Secretary, “4 per 1000” Initiative