Summary

To support its partners in international cooperation on climate change, IRD scientists, along with scientific partners from the South, are taking part in COP28, which runs from November 30 to December 12 in Dubai, to speak out on three major issues: soil health, blue carbon credits and mining.

At this COP, progress under the Paris Agreement (the landmark climate treaty concluded in 2015) will be reviewed and an action plan defined by the global community to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect people's lives and livelihoods.

IRD at COP28

Sharing scientific knowledge and data on climate is essential to understanding and anticipating this global challenge, and to informing public policy and action. IRD researchers and their partners are involved in three key areas: soil health, blue carbon credits and mining.

 

To mark the occasion, IRD and its partners produced three policy briefs:

The IRD delegation includes Jean-Luc Chotte, soil scientist and President of the French Scientific Committee on Desertification (CSFD), and Solène Manouvrier, in charge of international climate and water affairs.

They are accompanied by partners:

  • Ndeye Helene Diallo Diagne, member of the Institut sénégalais de recherches agricoles (ISRA) and the 4pour1000 office, Senegal
  • Nassour Saleh Terda, Director of Water Resources, Chad Ministry of Urban and Rural Hydraulics, Chad
  • María Fernanda Soliz, health researcher at Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar, Ecuador 
  • Issa Sakho, teacher-researcher in marine-littoral geosciences at Amadou Mahtar Mbow University, Dakar, Senegal
  • Jérôme Tondoh, professor of agroecology and soil health at World Agroforestry, Côte d'Ivoire

Valérie Verdier, President and CEO of IRD, is a signatory of the Dubaï Ocean Declaration, a call to world leaders to support and encourage efforts to significantly expand and improve ocean observations worldwide.

Strong commitment to soil health

Soil health is a key factor in achieving carbon neutrality and food security. Indeed, healthy soils promote transformations in food systems and contribute to the goal of net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. Strengthening science-policy-society links and investing in knowledge-based solutions are at the heart of the recommendations put forward by IRD and its partners.

IRD researchers and their partners will be contributing their expertise at a number of events:

  • December 5 | Healthy soils for land and climate

    >> Tuesday, December 5, 9 am to 10:30 am - UNCCD Pavilion

    Promoters: United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), CSFD, IRD, CIRAD, the international 4for1000 initiative.

    Moderation: Jean-Luc Chotte and Baron Orr (UNCCD)

    Speakers :

    • Jérôme Tondoh, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the "Abidjan Legacy Program", Associate Professor of Ecology and Sustainable Land Management at Nangui Abrogoua University, Côte d'Ivoire
    • Ndeye Hélène Diallo-Diagne, soil scientist at the Institut sénégalais de recherche agricole in Senegal
    • Nabil Ben Khatra, Executive Secretary, Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS), Tunisia
    • Oscar Ortiz, Director General, Cropping Systems, CGIAR
    • Mamadou Baro, Director and Professor, Office of Applied Anthropological Research, University of Arizona, USA
    • Mabel Nechia Wantim, PhD student and coordinator of "Disaster Risk Management Cameroon, University of Buea", Cameroon
    • Irungu Mary Munyutha Pelum, Policy and Advocacy Programme Officer, Kenya
  • December 6 | 7th day of the international 4p1000 initiative

    >> Wednesday December 6, 9 am to 2 pm - at the Dusit Thani Hotel

    • 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Opening of the forum with the high-level segment
    • 12:30 pm to 2 pm Partner forum meeting

    The 4 for 1000 initiative is organizing a one-day event on the theme of Putting soil health at the top of the international agenda & Acting together now! with the participation of Jean-Luc Chotte, soil specialist at IRD, President of the French Scientific Committee on Desertification (CSFD) and Valérie Verdier, President and CEO of IRD.

    Information and registration

  • December 8 | Soil health: the key to sustainable development

    >> Friday, December 8, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. - France Pavilion

    Coordinators: IRD-Cirad-4pour1000

    Moderator: Paul Luu (4pour1000)

    Speakers :

    • Ndeye Hélène Diallo Diagne, researcher at the Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles 
    • Oliver Oliveros, coordinator, Agroecology coalition
    • Quentin Sannié, President of Genesis Soil Health
    • Isabel Garcia Drigo, manager at Imaflora
    • Marie Hrabanski, researcher in political sociology at CIRAD
    • Jean-Luc Chotte, IRD soil scientist and Chairman of CSFD

    Follow the side event online

  • December 8 | Carbon storage in overseas agricultural and forest soils. State of knowledge, action levers for French overseas territories and regional cooperation

    >> Friday, December 8 from 12:15 to 13:15 - Francophonie Pavilion

    Promoters: IRD-Cirad-4pour1000-INRAE

    Streaming registration

  • December 8 | Healthy soils : game changers to meet food and climate goals within planetary boundaries

    >> Friday, December 8, 3 pm to 4:30 pm - SE Room 7, UNCCD Programme

    Promoters: IRD-Cirad and National Council for Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Public Leadership (NCCSD)

    Moderator: Jean-Luc Chotte

    Speakers :

    • Jérôme Tondoh, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Abidjan Legacy Program, Associate Professor of Ecology and Sustainable Land Management at Nangui Abrogoua University, Côte d'Ivoire
    • Ndeye Hélène Diallo-Diagne, soil scientist at the Institut sénégalais de recherche agricole in Senegal
    • Marie Hrabanski, researcher in political sociology at CIRAD
    • Kirit Shelat, Executive Chairman, National Council for Climate Change Sustainable Development and Public Leadership (NCCSD)
    • Kapildev Bahl, expert
    • A. R. Pathak, Junagadh Agricultural University
    • Paul Luu, Executive Secretary, 4for1000 Initiative

    Follow the event online

  • December 10 | Soil health: a key factor in combating climate change and improving agricultural productivity

    >> Sunday, December 10 from 4 to 5 p.m. - Francophonie Pavilion

    Promoters: IRD-Cirad-4pour1000

    Moderated by Jean-Luc Chotte and Vincent Blanfort (CIRAD)

    Speakers :

    • Marc Fesneau, Minister of Agriculture, France
    • Gabrielle Bastien, Vice President, 4for1000 Initiative, Founder and Co-Director, Regeneration Canada
    • Cargele Masso, Director, CGIAR
    • Ndeye Hélène Diallo Diagne, Researcher, Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles 

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Other events

IRD researchers are also involved in other climate-related events.

IRD climate research presentation

In pictures

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Exhibition | One EARTH, SOILutions

Soil is the surface layer of the earth on our planet. Visible in nature, often invisible in our cities, they are essential to all life. They have existed and evolved with the continents for around 2.5 billion years.

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Other exhibitions related to the climate theme:

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ePOP project videos

ePOP, Petites Ondes Participatives, is a citizens' network for information, debate and mobilization on climate and environmental change, supported by IRD and RFI Planète Radio (France médias monde group). From Burkina Faso to Brazil, the young people of the ePOP network have collected the testimonies of men and women and are alerting us to the disappearance of precious ecosystems.

ePOP videos on climate change

To see, to read

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Educational game | Jouer à débattre

Helping teenagers understand the impacts and challenges of climate change is the aim of the "Climate and sustainable food" debate game, designed by the Arbre des connaissances association, in partnership with IRD, Ifremer and CNRS. A game for understanding, discussion and critical thinking.

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