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Agriculture and forests

The Working Group Agriculture and forests aims at supplying technical and scientific support on the current and growing future roles played by agriculture and forestry to mitigate climate changes.

The WG operates on the basis of standard international standard terminology (IPCC, UNFCCC). For this reason it may also be identified with the AFOLU (Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land-Use) acronym.

Coordinator

Roberto Calabresi

Objectives

  • To inform and raise awareness of Members and public opinion on the role of agriculture and forestry in reaching the emission reduction targets set by the Kyoto Protocol and in the climate changes mitigation and adjustment policies;
  • To spread agro-forestry potentials in reducing greenhouse gases emissions and energy saving practises in agricolture and forestry;
  • To support Members and public opinion in defining emission reduction strategies in the agriculture and forestry sectors, in line with EU and internationally agreed guidelines.

In order to outline a strategy to develop voluntary credits from the agricultural and forestry sectors, the priority will be to strengthen synergies with the main national actors. This will be useful to provide inputs to national and EU decision-makers towards incentives to both sectors within the post-Kyoto climate policies.

Activities

For public bodies:

  • Consultancy for reforestation programs, improvement of forestry management methodologies and fires prevention;
  • Support to study and research and submission of projects for EU funding;
  • Education and awareness-raising programs;
  • Training courses (*);

For companies:

  • Inclusion of agro-forestry promotion initiatives in corporate social responsibility;
  • Training courses (*);

For the wider public:

  • Training courses (*);
  • Support to the organization of info days and events

(*) training courses examples:

  • Agro-forestry greenhouse gases emissions accounting methods;
  • Planning and implementing the maximizing of CO2 absorption and conservation of forestry biodiversity;
  • Energy saving through biomass production,
  • Climate-friendly management in agriculture and forestry.

Co-operation with other initiatives

  • Parks for Kyoto campaign.

Documentation

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