Soil Organic Carbon: the hidden potential

Mar 2017

In the presence of climate change, land degradation and biodiversity loss, soils have become one of the most vulnerable resources in the world. Soils are a major carbon reservoir containing more carbon than the atmosphere and terrestrial vegetation combined. Soil organic carbon (SOC) is dynamic, however, and anthropogenic impacts on soil can turn it into either a net sink or a net source of GHGs. Enormous scientific progress has been achieved in understanding and explaining SOC dynamics. Yet, protection and monitoring of SOC stocks at national and global levels still face complicated challenges impeding effective on-the-ground policy design and regionally adapted implementation.

This publication aims to provide an overview to decision-makers and practitioners of the main scientific facts and information regarding the current knowledge and knowledge gaps on SOC. It highlights how better information and good practices may be implemented to support ending hunger, adapting to and mitigating climate change and achieving overall sustainable development.


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March 5, 2017