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Evaluation Helpdesk Good Practice Workshop: Assessing the contribution of carbon farming to CAP climate objectives

24 - 25 June 2024
Nantes, France

Ensuring carbon sequestration is crucial for combating climate change and meeting the goal of climate neutrality outlined in the European Green Deal. The land sector plays a key role in achieving a climate-neutral economy by capturing CO2 from the atmosphere. However, the land sector is also vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and can be a source of emissions, especially when soils are degraded. To promote sustainability and resilience in agriculture and forestry, the EU supports practices such as carbon farming. The objectives of the European Green Deal are reflected in various EU communications and laws, including the Sustainable Carbon Cycles Communication, the Carbon Removal and Carbon Farming (CRCF) Regulation, the proposed Soil Monitoring and Forest Monitoring Laws, and the LULUCF Regulation.

One of the key objectives of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing carbon sequestration (Specific Objective 4). In the 2023-2027 period, the CAP has increased its climate ambition by allocating more funds to environmental objectives, encouraging carbon farming, and strengthening connections to climate-related legislation. Member States are required to evaluate carbon storage and the practices contributing to it as part of their CAP Strategic Plan assessments.

Therefore, the seventh Workshop aims to leverage and deepen the experiences of Member States in evaluating the impact of carbon farming interventions on the climate goals of the CAP and to prepare Member States for future evaluations on this topic.