We remind readers that the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is Europe’s largest network of environmental citizens’ organisations. Its report Carbon farming for climate, nature, and farmers – Policy Recommendations, published on 21 October, deals with the subject of organic carbon in relation to the climate from the starting position that “Soils are at the heart of the climate and nature crises”.
In our view this document could form an integral part of the GNDE report, in order to complete the environmental aspects which currently receive insufficient coverage. We therefore invite the EEB and the GNDE’s compilers to meet and talk, if they haven’t already, and then to get in touch with the 4per1000 Initiative.
Below are some points from the summary of the EEB’s report that we regard as crucial, but we invite you to read the whole document, at least the version dedicated to the decisions recommended to politicians.
“The new focus on soil carbon in the EU through the “carbon farming” initiative presents opportunities to drive a new positive agenda for soils, with benefits for climate, but also for biodiversity, farm profitability, and resilience, provided the right policy and regulatory framework is in place. This will require, first, to clarify the meaning and scope of carbon farming. The EEB defines carbon farming as land management practices which reduce GHG emissions and increase the sequestration and storage of carbon in soils and vegetation. To do so while also benefitting biodiversity, water, and farmers’ livelihoods, carbon farming must adopt a holistic approach towards healthy soils and healthy ecosystems, grounded in the framework of “nature based solutions”.
That means rewetting and restoring drained organic soils (peatlands); managing grasslands in nature-inclusive ways; massively re-integrating trees in agricultural landscapes; and adopting agroecological, or regenerative, farming practices on arable land. Deploying these win-win-win solutions could turn agricultural land into a large carbon sink by 2050, while also restoring biodiversity and helping farmers adapt to climate change.”
“… we call on the EU to:
1. Ensure carbon delivers nature-based solutions, benefitting climate, biodiversity, and rural communities.
2. Set legally-binding targets on climate, nature, and soils.
3. Establish mandatory baselines, monitoring systems, and safeguards.
4. Develop a coherent policy mix of effective incentives, mobilising private and public funding strategically.
5. Invest in the enabling factors for behavioural change: knowledge, culture, and infrastructure.”
More info here: https://eeb.org/library/105401/ https://eeb.org/library/carbon-farming-policy-recommendations-to-deliver-win-win-wins-for-climate-nature-and-farmers/