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13 January 2020

Climate Exchange

In 2017, Hungary’s agricultural sector emitted 7.34 million tonnes of greenhouse gases, confirming an ever-increasing trend since 2012. To start tackling this problem, CEEweb is organising on 30 January the EUKI 2nd National Workshop “Agriculture and Climate Change – Potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.” Register and join us!

The biggest threat humankind currently faces comes in two words: Climate Change. Very well-known concept, still very little action regarding it. The European Environmental Agency recently published the report European Environment – State and Outlook 2020 (SOER 2020), sounding the alarm that, for the upcoming decade, Europe is meant to face persistent problems in areas such as biodiversity loss, resource use, climate change impacts and environmental risks to health and well-being. And in this line, agriculture is one of the activities in the EU that continues to produce harmful emissions to both ecosystems and human health.

Moreover, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has stated that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from farming, livestock-raising, fisheries and forestry continue to rise. Hungary is not an exception: FAO’s food and agriculture database, FAOSTAT, has measured a growing trend in GHG emissions in the Magyar country from agricultural activities, reaching its highest peak in 15 years in 2017, with the sector having emitted 7.34 million tonnes of GHG.

According to FAOSTAT, Hungarian agricultural GHG emissions have not but increased on a yearly basis since 2012.

FINDING THE ALTERNATIVES

Looking to tackle this trend, CEEweb for Biodiversity, as part of the activities of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) funded project An Unavoidable Step After Paris: Cutting Emissions from Farming, is organising the EUKI 2nd National Workshop “Agriculture and climate change – Potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.” The workshop will serve to discuss with the relevant stakeholders the possibilities for reducing GHG emissions from agriculture and food production, addressing examples of alternative ways of farming, innovative technologies and the enablement of adequate policies.

Presentation themes

  • Agriculture and climate change – Challenges and opportunities
  • Agroforestry and agroecological systems
  • How agricultural policies (on EU and national level) could better serve climate mitigation?
  • Regenerative agriculture in practice
  • Innovative plant nutrition technologies with benefits for the climate
  • Nutrient management and GHG emissions
  • The present and future of agricultural emissions’ reduction efforts in Hungary (the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture’s approach)

The workshop, which will be delivered in Hungarian language only, will target agricultural and rural development experts, farmers, researchers, environmental professionals, NGO representatives, academicians, representatives of the agricultural industry, and the general public with an interest in finding solutions to climate change and to harmful agricultural practices.

What is it there to learn?

Participants will be able to understand the interlinked and often challenging nature and interdependence of agriculture and the environment — including climate — as well as how current and future agricultural policies (e.g. measures, subsidies) can contribute to reducing agricultural GHG emissions.

Thus, attendants will get the most relevant and up-to-date information on information on alternative agricultural approaches and practices — including new technologies and innovations — that may efficiently support a low-emission, sustainable agriculture.


PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The project “An Unavoidable Step After Paris: Cutting Emissions from Farming” aims for an increased public and political awareness around the need for an ambitious legislative framework on climate and agriculture. It wishes to achieve these goals through knowledge sharing and inclusive stakeholders’ dialogue. The project also incorporates a policy analysis, assessing to what extent farming currently contributes to GHG emissions, its potential towards climate mitigation and what role the current Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) plays in it and should play in the future.

This study and policy assessments will then feed into dialogues between key stakeholders (farmers, NGOs, scientists, industry, etc.) at national and pan-European levels on climate-friendly practices in order to facilitate the sharing of experiences. Through national and European workshops and subsequent communications work, an increased public and political awareness around the need for an ambitious legislative framework on climate and agriculture (i.e. national plans, governance and CAP) is going to be created.