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Experts required for new Focus Group on 'Grazing for Carbon'

6th Mar 2017

The EIP Agri initiative that is run by the Europrean Commission is looking for farmers and experts in Grazing for Carbon to be part of a new focus group.

If you have practical experience and would like to share this with 19 other experts from around Europe to identify promising and inspiring ideas for innovation, you need to apply by midnight on the the 23rd March 2017 (Brussels time).

Joining an EIP-AGRI Focus Group allows you to share your knowledge and to learn from peers. It may also help to broaden your professional European network, and form the start of a new cooperation.

What is a Focus Group?

A temporary group of selected experts focussing on a specific subject, sharing knowledge and experience.

Each group explores practical innovative solutions to problems or opportunities in the field, and draws on experience derived from related useful projects. Each EIP-AGRI Focus group meets twice and produces recommendations and outcomes report.

The EIP-AGRI Focus Groups also discuss and document research results, best practices and identify the implication for further research activites that will help solve practical problems in the sector. The objectives are:

  • Taking stock of the state of the art practice in the field of the EIP-Agri Focus Group activity, listing problems and opportunities.
  • Taking stock of the state of the art research in this field, summarising possible solutions to the problems listed.
  • Identifying needs from pratice and possible directions for further research
  • Highlighting priorities for innovative actions by suggesting potential practical operational groups or other project formats to test solutions and opportunities including ways to disseminate the practical knowledge gathered.

 Specific info on the Grazing for Carbon call.

(From call text)

Grasslands are an important source of low-cost and high quality feed for ruminants. Grassland soils store large quantities of carbon and in many regions have the potential to sequester even more carbon, while providing a range of other ecosystem services related to habitat and water quality. Grazing also contributes to the preservation of certain ecosystems, where grazing is necessary to maintain the existing biological balance. In some regions grazing is the only potential agricltural activity. Due to climate change the area covered by these regions will grow, especially in the dryer regions.

Continue reading the full call text here.

The key question that this group will work on answering is:

How to increase the soil carbon content from grazing systems?

Source: EC EIP - Agri bulletin