Over the last years, a number of standards, certification schemes and international initiatives recommended to improve the uptake of sustainable soil organic matter management practices.
Soil organic carbon stocks (SOC) increase soil organic matter (SOM) and therefore can contribute to reduce CO2 emissions produced by agriculture and, at the same time, improve food security (UN SDG 2 – Zero hunger).
It is estimated that carbon sequestration in soil provides a potential of negative emissions of 0.7 GtCeq/yr. Even though this actual potential cannot compensate for all of the anthropogenic emissions, it is sufficient to balance fossil fuel emissions in the European Union.
In this way, we could improve soil fertility and ecosystems productivity, by supporting important services provided by soils such as its quality, water filtration, erosion control, nutrient cycle, habitat and energy for soil organisms.