Regional workshop on Soil Organic Carbon Management & Carbon Sequestration
The main objective of this workshop was to contribute to the emergence of a community working on soil organic C (SOC) sequestration and the 4p1000 initiative in South East Asia.
The workshop was held at the Soils and Fertilizers Research Institute (SFRI), Hanoi on the 2nd and 3rd of october 2019. The visit of a research center was organized on the 4th in order to show long-term experiments to participants and to engage discussions between scientists and farmers.
In total, 33 scientists from Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as Madagascar and France participated to this meeting. Most of the participants came from Universities and Academic Institutions while others represented CGIAR and international organizations.
The meeting was rich in exchanges and allowed to better understand specific (national) and common (regional) needs, challenges and expectations in SEA. Several existing networks and international projects (e.g., ALiSEA, DATA4C+, GLOSOLAN) were also introduced, which allowed to better set the general framework of our discussions and to highlight possible interactions between scientists and international development agencies. Finally, a presentation of the CASA network in Africa (“Carbon in Soils for a Sustainable Agriculture in Africa”) brought to light the successes that could be expected from the creation of a regional network amongst scientists from different countries.