Secretariat

Annette Pontillo
Institute of Organic Farming

Trenthorst 32
23847 Westerau
Phone: +49 4539 8880 0
ol@thuenen.de



Kontrollstellennr.: DE-ÖKO-006


Soils as Carbon Sink - Business Models for Climate Goals

Project

 (c) Thünen-Institut/OL

Carbon farming

Agricultural soils have high potential to bind additional carbon and can contribute to climate protection. Preserving and enrichment of humus will protect or build up soil fertility. How farmers can adapt their cropland management and how they might be might be paid for this eco-service is analysed in the INTERREG project ‘Carbon Farming’ with participation of the Thünen Institute of Organic Farming.

Background and Objective

Together with farmers the European partners from advisory and research in the North Sea Region will show different possibilities to enrich carbon in soils.

Additionally business models enabling payments to farmers for their activities to enrich carbon in their soils shall be evaluated and developed. For this partners interested in the creation of new promising concepts are sought.

Of interest? Information and registation for a workshop, here:

northsearegion.eu/carbon-farming/news/call-for-participation-carbon-farming/

Approach

Three main lines are followed in the project:

1 Carbon enrichment in soils

Practical approaches to increase carbon binding in soils shall be demonstrated and the knowledge and awareness of farmers about these processes shall be raised. For this field experiments and demonstration plots as well as workshops for information and discussion are arranged in the participating regions.

During the project carbon content and carbon stock in soils in the explored fields are determined. Biomass and carbon flows of different promising measures for carbon enrichment will be followed. These data help to understand the slow enrichment processes in organic soil carbon. Furthermore it shall be explored in how far business models paying for those carbon increases in soils can be based on measured values or should focus on the activities that are undertaken for improvements. This work package is coordinated by the Thünen-Institute of Organic Farming.

2 Business models to valorise carbon enrichment in soils

Current initiatives and programs paying farmers for carbon enrichments in soils are collected. Also new persons, companies and stakeholders are sought to develop baselines for new business models for this.

3 Case studies and transfer in practice

Promising business models for carbon enrichment in soils shall be validated in case studies. Its ecological and economic effects shall be analysed. The knowledge gained in the project shall be made available to farmers and companies, stakeholders and politicians in and outside agribusiness

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Funding Body

  • European Union (EU)
    (international, öffentlich)

Duration

9.2018 - 8.2021

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Projekt type:
Project status: ongoing

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