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Outcomes of the CIRCASA workshop


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Corrie Maria Swanepoel (ARC)

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Outcomes of the CIRCASA workshop

  1. 1. Outcomes of the CIRCASA workshop Corrie Swanepoel ARC-Institute for Soil, Climate and Water 26 Oct 2018
  2. 2. • Coordination of International Research Cooperation on soil CArbon Sequestration in Agriculture • Funded by the European Union, Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme • Global initiative with 23 partners in 17 counties 2
  3. 3. CIRCASA consortium 3
  4. 4. Goals of CIRCASA Project 4 Develop international synergies concerning research and knowledge transfer on agricultural soil C sequestration at European Union (EU) and global levels. 1. Strengthen the international research community 2. Improve our understanding 3. Co-design a strategic research agenda with stakeholders 4. Create an International Research Consortium Objectives:
  5. 5. WP2. Addressing stakeholder’s views. Knowledge and research needs 1. Gather stakeholders’ perspectives on the potential for soil carbon management to contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation and SDGs 2. Identify with stakeholders the challenges to – and solutions for – the implementation of soil C sequestration options via regional workshops 3. Review knowledge gaps and research needs emerging from stakeholders’ perspectives 5
  6. 6. 23 October 2018 – CIRCASA Africa • Co-organised with 4p1000 • 18 people attended • Stakeholders included NGO, government, farmers , researchers and farmer organisations 6
  7. 7. Workshop structure 7 • Three main topics included: • Identify management practices that promote SOC sequestration • Identify barriers to why these are not implemented • Suggest possible solutions
  8. 8. • Discussion took place in breakaway groups 8
  9. 9. • Practices, barriers and solutions was interactively prioritised 9
  10. 10. Results were shared in the group 10
  11. 11. Workshop outcomes: SOC management options • Most commonly implemented • Mulch • Crop rotation • Intercropping • Minimum tillage 11
  12. 12. Workshop outcomes: SOC management options • Most effective • CA applied with all principles (minimum soil disturbance, permanent soil cover, multi-cropping) • Agroforestry • Rangeland and livestock integration • Soil restoration and conservation (including ridges, contour ploughing, vetiver grass) • Manage natural areas such as wetlands, woodlands, and rangelands (avoid loss) 12
  13. 13. Workshop outcomes: SOC management options • Interesting option • Living roots, biodiversity and active soil biology • Biofuels and biochar • Recycle organic waste to create organic fertilizer • Raised beds and furrow systems 13
  14. 14. Workshop outcomes: Barriers • Lack of incentives, funding or immediate returns • Knowledge, including problem identification, possible solutions, knowledge transfer or gaps between research and farmers • Access to resources, including funding, implements, equipment and capacity • Mind-set (changing habits, breaking incorrect believes and superstitions) • Lack of supporting policy 14
  15. 15. Workshop outcomes: Solutions • Bottom-up initiatives: assist farmers to drive initiative, action participatory research, on-farm experimentation • Partnerships – avoid working in isolation. Learn, share, coordinate work effort • Effective incentives such as tax rebate or payment for ecosystem services • Awareness campaigns for both farmers and government officials though NGOs, media etc. 15
  16. 16. Workshop outcomes: Research needs • Models for SOC sequestration for spatial variability and different management practices to evaluate best practices in various locations • Evaluate effectiveness of various management practices in different areas • Social research on rate of uptake, and effective strategies of knowledge transfer. 16
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  18. 18. Thank you for your attention! 18 Follow us on Twitter! @CIRCASAproject Visit our website This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 774378