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Global soil organic carbon sequestration potential map (GSOCseq v1.1) - Technical manual











Peralta, G., Di Paolo L., Luotto, I., Omuto, C., Mainka M., Viatkin, K., Yigini, Y. 2022. Global soil organic carbon sequestration potential map (GSOCseq v1.1) – Technical manual. Rome, FAO.




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    Global Soil Organic Carbon Sequestration Potential Map – GSOCseq v.1.1
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    This document presents the technical details of the first ever country-driven Global Soil Organic Carbon Sequestration Potential Map (GSOCseq). This map allows for the estimation of top (0–30 cm) soil organic carbon sequestration potential in agricultural areas under a business as usual and three sustainable soil management scenarios. The Global Soil Organic Carbon Sequestration Potential Map (GSOCseq) stands out as a game-changing program aimed at bridging this divide by raising technical expertise on SOC sequestration potential modeling and mapping while relying on a uniquely participatory and iterative process. The GSOCseq v1.1 was developed based on the submissions of national experts appointed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Member Nations. Each of the appointed National Experts generated national maps following a bottom-up approach that was facilitated and coordinated by the Secretariat of FAO’s Global Soil Partnership (GSP).
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    Technical specifications and country guidelines for Global Soil Organic Carbon Sequestration Potential Map (GSOCseq) 2020
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    This document provides technical specifications and guidance for the generation of national Soil Organic Carbon Sequestration Potential (GSOCseq) maps at 1km resolution for agricultural lands, based on a ‘bottom-up’, country-driven approach. SOC stocks 0-30 cm of mineral soils shall be projected over a 20-year period after adoption of Sustainable Soil Management (SSM) practices oriented to increase carbon inputs to cropland and grassland soils. In order to obtain consistent results and to allow comparisons between countries and regions, the use of RothC as a standard spatialized SOC model is requested. General modeling procedures, data requirements and data sources are described. The final product specifications and data submission formats are also provided. This approach will require collaboration and interaction with country-level digital mapping and modeling experts and local capacity building. GSP will organize training sessions to support countries that require technical assistance to produce their own maps, and will facilitate the production of datasets for countries lacking the required local input data. The final product will be relevant to identify which regions, environments and agricultural systems present the greater potential for increasing SOC stocks, and to establish priorities for the implementation of global and national public and private policies.
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    Global Soil Organic Carbon Sequestration Potential Map (GSOCseq) 2022
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    The Global Soil Organic Carbon Sequestration Potential Map (GSOCseq) GSOCseq was launched in September 2021 thanks to the submissions of national experts appointed by FAO members. Each of the appointed national experts generated national maps following a bottom-up approach facilitated and coordinated by the FAO’s Global Soil Partnership (GSP). The GSOCseq allows users to identify the regions, soil types and farming systems with greater potential to increase SOC stocks and enable the establishment of priorities for research and implementation of local, national, or international climate-change polices. This brochure summarizes the key findings of the map and describes how it can serve as a planning tool to make evidence-based decisions on climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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