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Dear readers,

Agroforestry is on the move in Europe! Recently the third European Agroforestry conference took place in Montpellier, France. The conference was visited by almost 300 practitioners and researchers. They reported on a rapidly growing number of projects and research sites all over Europe. And politicians are starting to listen: the key speech at the conference was delivered by the French Ministry of Agriculture.

Agroforestry is one of four different climate-friendly farming methods being implemented on our 12 SOLMACC farms. This summer several of them will host open field days. Take your chance to experience and discuss agroforestry and the other climate friendly practices on one of our successful organic farms.

Maria Dirke
Ekologiska Lantbrukarna


Climate-friendly practices applied: agroforestry

During the past three decades, agroforestry has become recognized as an integrated approach to sustainable land use because of its production and environmental benefits.


Agroforestry’s recognition as a greenhouse gas mitigation strategy has generated increased attention to its potential as a strategy for biological carbon sequestration. The perceived potential is based on the premise that the integrated systems are more resource-efficient in capturing and utilizing nutrients, light and water than single-species systems, resulting in greater net carbon sequestration.

Photo: Kjell Sjelin

How do SOLMACC farmers in Germany, Italy and Sweden implement this practice and which challenges are they facing?


Commissioner Cañete hints at “flexibility” for agriculture sector’s emissions

Press articles reported that Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete indicated that the forthcoming Effort Sharing Decision (ESD) proposal on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction will include “flexibilities” for the farming sector, based on offsetting.


The ESD will propose how to divide a new 30% emissions reduction target - part of the EU’s commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 40% by 2030 - among Member States for non-industrial sectors including transport, buildings, waste and agriculture. The Member States’ ESD targets will be based on their gross domestic product, with some consideration given to the cost-effectiveness of emissions reductions for richer Member States.

Photo: Malte Zisseniss

Read the entire article on the SOLMACC website


French government launches the "4 per 1000" research initiative on soil carbon sequestration at COP21


Agriculture itself was not part of the official negotiations at COP21 in Paris, but given the fact that it represents a significant part of human emissions - estimates range between 10% to a third of all emissions depending on whether deforestation and indirect impacts are also taken into account - it was a much discussed topic at numerous side events.

Photo: Johannes Kreppold

Read the entire article on the SOLMACC website


Open Field Day at SOLMACC demonstration farm Gut Krauscha, Germany


On 24 June an open field day took place at the SOLMACC demonstration farm Gut Krauscha in Germany.

Photo: Sigrid Griese

Discover the topics covered during the field day

Learn more about Gut Krauscha (video in German)




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