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Dear readers,

Currently, the COP21 is taking place in Paris: the policy appointment on Climate Change in 2015 is held in Europe and it is not predictable that the result will be positive.

Several actions of advocacy from civil society are taking place in different member states. In Italy AIAB is taking part in the National Coalition for Climate, together with several diverse civil society organizations.  The focus is on climate justice, as existing knowledge and technological solutions to reduce the impact of human activities on climate that already exists often encounter obstacles in their process to scale up. 

The SOLMACC project contributes to demonstrate the role of organic farming as a model of agriculture that promotes climate-friendly farming practices. Optimization of on farm nutrient recycling, crop rotations with legume-grass leys and tillage systems, together with the diffusion of agro forestry are all practices, implemented by the 12 SOLMACC farms in 3 EU countries that have a high potential to maintain soil fertility and increase the presence of carbon in soil. 

Read more about our project in the newsletter and use it for advocacy activities on climate change at Member State and EU level. 

Livia Ortolani
AIAB – Italian Association for Organic Agriculture



Climate-friendly practices applied: composting

Composting is part of “optimized on-farm nutrient recycling”, one of the four climate-friendly practices applied on the SOLMACC farms. Composting has a millennia-old tradition in house gardening but has not yet been widely applied on commercial farms. The positive climate effects expected are e.g. reduced emission of greenhouse gases (especially methane) and reduced input of mineral fertilisers.

Photo: Turning of the compost piles © Gut Krauscha

Read how SOLMACC farmers in Germany, Italy and Sweden implement this practice and which challenges some of them are facing


Open Field Days at SOLMACC demonstration farms in Sweden & Germany

In June and September, open field days took place at SOLMACC demonstration farms. On 10 June, at Kornkammer Haus Holte (DE) practical insights were provided on the topic "climate-friendly agriculture". On 2 September at Hånsta Östergärde in Vattholma (SE), participants from various background learned more about 'agroforestry’.

Photo: Liedmann (middle) from Kornkammer Haus Holte during the Open Field Day in front of a potato field with agroforestry © Sigrid Griese

Read the full reports about the field days in Germany and Sweden


Integration of the LULUCF sector (Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry) in the 2030 EU Climate and Energy Framework

On 14 and 15 September the European Commission organised a stakeholders meeting on climate change and agriculture. The main issue at stake was how the LULUCF sector (Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry) will be integrated in the 2030 EU Climate and Energy Framework. This sector includes emissions from croplands, grasslands and forest management, and it is a carbon sink in Europe, which means that its integration could weaken the European effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). One of the options put forward by the Commission could also exempt the agriculture sector from any significant reduction effort.

Photo: © Team Kornkammer

Read the entire article on the SOLMACC website


Organic agriculture and climate change

A recent study by McGee (2005) from the University of Oregon “Does certified organic farming reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural production?” has led to discussions in international media and on the web. This study addresses an interesting question and applies advanced statistics for its analysis. However, scientists from FiBL identify several methodological flaws that invalidate the results.

Photo: © Team Kornkammer

A summary of this article & more information on the SOLMACC website


Why soil matters? – SOLMACC present at EP conference

On 18 November, the conference “Why soil matters?” took place in the European Parliament, organised by the Greens/EFA. Ahead of the climate negotiations in Paris, academics, policy makers as well as civil society representatives and field actors discussed the links between soils, food security and climate, and how this interconnectivity is dealt with at a European level. The conference offered the possibility to exchange views on which policies are needed on EU level to protect soil as well how agricultural practices can improve soil quality and help adapting to and mitigating climate change. IFOAM EU representatives were present in the audience and a German farmer participating in SOLMACC presented his practical work on the farm which ensures the protection and improvement of the soil and helps to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Photo: Hans-Joachim Mautschke, SOLMACC farmer from Gut Krauscha participating in the panel discussion on healthy soils © CC Greens/EFA; European Union

Read the full report on the SOLMACC website


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