FG1.1: Which practices are relevant in the various EU pedo-climatic zones and land uses?
There are many land uses and regions with different edaphic properties and climatic conditions. Determining the appropriate practices in each pedoclimatic zone and estimating carbon sequestration potential is a challenge. The scientific literature for some practices is often sparse, and field-level influences hinder the collection of robust evidence, especially for the estimated carbon sequestration potential, which contribute to exacerbate the debate around the potential impact of carbon farming. To solve the issue, it is therefore key to promote a wide scientific dialogue on the benefits of specific soil management systems. Existing and new data should be collected and compiled in support of these practices, with an eye on how to operationalise the knowledge for a faster practice implementation by land managers.
The main objective of this group is to consolidate the knowledge and scientific evidence on the best management practices to capture and store carbon in (a variety of) soils, as well as to develop a framework to present this information. Such a framework is intended as a visually attractive factsheet, capable of capturing the scientific consensus and transmitting the impact and co-benefits of specific carbon farming practices. The expansion of this group into a large scientific network is intended to provide multi actors with the scientific support for promoting the practices of choice.
Has this Focus Group already produced a recommendation for the European Commission?