After five fruitful years, the SOLMACC project is coming to an end. The farmers and partners involved have gained priceless knowledge and were able to transmit this knowledge to other farmers, advisors, students, policy-makers, and to other citizens from Europe and beyond. This participatory knowledge-building process and its active dissemination, which was at the core of the SOLMACC project, inspired others and contributed to greater policy support for food and farming actors tackling climate change.
The project demonstrated the economic viability and the great potential of innovative farming practices to contribute to achieving the EU’s objectives on climate change. Throughout the implementation of SOLMACC, we have seen that many different options exist to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the farm-level, and at the same time contribute to farmers’ adaptation capacity and economic stability.
It is also clear that if we want to achieve climate change mitigation goals in line with the recently ratified Paris Agreement further efforts from all stakeholders are required. This specifically means that farmers cannot be left alone with the burden of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Farmers need to be supported financially by policy instruments such as the Common Agricultural Policy, but also by consumers.
Finally, to ensure that climate-friendly practices are implemented widely throughout Europe and beyond, it is crucial to dedicate further funding for projects that communicate and disseminate existing knowledge, support the co-construction of new knowledge, and allow for an exchange of information.
In this final issue of the SOLMACC newsletter, we share with you the latest publications communicating the results achieved, while giving you a peak into the events of 2018. We hope that by learning more about SOLMACC, we will inspire our readers to consider the manifold solutions available to tackle climate change within in agriculture sector, in Europe and beyond, to ensure a livable planet for future generations.
Policy Manager, IFOAM EU