ERA-NET ReLive - Back to the Future: Re-integrating Land and Livestock for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Circularity
Enhancing circularity is an important aspect of making European agriculture greener and more sustainable. The widespread reintroduction of crops and livestock could make a major contribution to this through the more eﬀective recycling of resources and the minimization of waste. However, this comes with signiﬁcant challenges, including the potential for enhanced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (particularly methane emissions) from enteric fermentation, as well as from the need to eﬀectively substitute all/most inorganic fertilizers with organic manures.
The recently approved ERA-NET Relive project, a collaboration of 11 universities and institutes ranging from Ireland to New Zealand and Finland to Chile, including the Netherlands, will take a holistic approach to the sustainable reintegration of livestock and cropping systems.
Modelling tools will be developed by partners, and a core activity led by the Water Systems and Global change group of Wageningen University is to bring together, improve and test methods to directly verify the associated GHG emissions and co-design ways to mitigate these.