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Report from the Breakout Session on Healthy Living Soils

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Leigh Ann Winowiecki (ICRAF)

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Report from the Breakout Session on Healthy Living Soils

  1. 1. « 4 per 1000 » Africa Symposium Johannesburg, 24-26th October 2018 With the support of Healthy Living Soil Session With the support ofNAME1
  2. 2. « 4 per 1000 » Africa Symposium Johannesburg, 24-26th October 2018 With the support of Objectives • To map projects assessing the effectiveness of practices to maintain and enhance SOC, sharing lessons learned for scaling • To suggest how regional and global initiatives can support the implementation of appropriate practices and the improvement of capacities and skills • To promote platforms for the exchange of knowledge, experience and expertise, for the benefit of all stakeholders. • To encourage and promote sustainable activities for the restoration / conservation / protection / enhancement of land, biodiversity, water resources and forests through the efficient management of natural resources ; • To map out current indicators and methods used to assess SOC • What elements are considered most important for an assessment tool? • What is currently being used?
  3. 3. « 4 per 1000 » Africa Symposium Johannesburg, 24-26th October 2018 With the support of Gathering Perspectives
  4. 4. « 4 per 1000 » Africa Symposium Johannesburg, 24-26th October 2018 With the support of Results • We currently have enough information on SOC sequestration processes under various management practices. Agree Fully Agree Somewhat Neutral Disagree Somewhat Disagree Fully 0 4 2 6 7 Notes: While data may be lacks it should not prevent us from implementing in on-the-ground Who is the we: Do the farmers for example have enough information?
  5. 5. « 4 per 1000 » Africa Symposium Johannesburg, 24-26th October 2018 With the support of Results • We already know which practices are best at maintaining/increasing SOC. Agree Fully Agree Somewhat Neutral Disagree Somewhat Disagree Fully 0 7 7 6 0 Note: Context specific knowledge is still needed – at the local farm level
  6. 6. « 4 per 1000 » Africa Symposium Johannesburg, 24-26th October 2018 With the support of Results • There is excellent coordination across institutes, initiatives, governments for promoting SOC. Agree Fully Agree Somewhat Neutral Disagree Somewhat Disagree Fully 0 0 5 5 10 Notes: Bridges are needed to reach the farmers, Need for simply messaging to link the initiatives – SDG 17
  7. 7. « 4 per 1000 » Africa Symposium Johannesburg, 24-26th October 2018 With the support of Mapping Projects across Dimensions 22 Projects Mapped From Policy to M&E to Research in Development to Implementation to Research
  8. 8. « 4 per 1000 » Africa Symposium Johannesburg, 24-26th October 2018 With the support of Sharing Lessons Learned • Monitoring over time is important • Creating tools for sharing information/evidence • Simple messaging for policy • Others…
  9. 9. « 4 per 1000 » Africa Symposium Johannesburg, 24-26th October 2018 With the support of How can regional and global initiatives better support these projects/ programs?
  10. 10. « 4 per 1000 » Africa Symposium Johannesburg, 24-26th October 2018 With the support of Voting on Solutions
  11. 11. « 4 per 1000 » Africa Symposium Johannesburg, 24-26th October 2018 With the support of Suggested Solutions for Improving Effectiveness and the role of Initiatives • Organize joint regional meeting of initiatives and donors to improve synergies and collaborations (11) Communication! • Collaborative planning tools and implementation process to capitalize on strengths (9) • Use global initiatives to influence national and regional policy *** • Create platforms for sharing knowledge between initiatives (9) • Including monitoring and sharing data • Create incentives for private sector to show business opportunity -> Government allocation, donors (9) • Build trust among practitioners/ partners (9) • Clarify resources, roles
  12. 12. « 4 per 1000 » Africa Symposium Johannesburg, 24-26th October 2018 With the support of Building the Evidence Base • Additional indicators: • Related to water quality & infiltration capacity • Soil cover • Use of remote sensing • Tracking change over time • Address the drivers of degradation • Soil Biology • Cost/ Benefits • Social + Economic indicators • Call for open data to provide the evidence base! • Build on and improve existing databases such as WOCAT
  13. 13. « 4 per 1000 » Africa Symposium Johannesburg, 24-26th October 2018 With the support of Building on Expertise from other programs • Developing joint communication materials from the farm to policy level, including educational materials for high school to university • Environmental documentaries
  14. 14. « 4 per 1000 » Africa Symposium Johannesburg, 24-26th October 2018 With the support of Last thoughts • Much more strategic focus to get everyone on planet working together • From SOC to water • Finding synergies to share funding • Address the communication gap from farmers to policy makers • Engage policy makers • Others from the audience

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