The Paris Agreement (2015) has set ambitious targets and climate change mitigation is now high on the policy agenda. To keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, carbon sequestration in soils and biomass will be required to compensate for remaining greenhouse gas emissions. Such nature-based climate solutions for mitigation could provide one third of the cost-effective climate mitigation needed.
These measures often also contribute to adaptation, improving soil quality, cleaning our air and water, and maintaining biodiversity. Agri-food companies already started to set reduction targets and are now in the process of developing strategies for implementing measures.
Also European countries have set carbon sink targets for their forest sectors, as well as bioenergy targets for their societies. In their policy plans, often adaptation and a more optimal use of wood in construction is integrated. An example of this is the Dutch ‘Action plan Forest and Wood’.
Wageningen Environmental Research offers high quality knowledge and an evidence base about green mitigation solutions in agriculture and forestry, including improved land management actions that increase carbon storage. Our broad network of European and Dutch policymakers and agricultural and forestry stakeholders allows us to develop effective mitigation strategies and monitor progress in climate change mitigation for companies and governments.