CAPsizing: a new training and information project by the Kyoto Club (IT)

04/10/2018
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The Kyoto Club has launched a new project, "CAPsizing - For climate resilience", aimed at raising awareness among farmers and citizens on the CAP, rural development, organic agriculture and the fight against climate change.  It is a project intending to answer questions such as "How does the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) work? How are the available funds managed? To what extent does the CAP contribute to the expansion of organic farming, to the promotion of environmental sustainability, to the fight against climate change and to the dissemination of information about healthier eating habits? ". The project, which received the contribution from the DG agriculture and rural development of the European Commission, aims in particular to raise awareness among young farmers through in-depth webinars, training in schools and universities, promotion events for digitization in agriculture. All this to improve the level of knowledge and stimulate a debate focused on the possible improvements to be made and on how stakeholders can contribute to build a European agriculture that is increasingly friendly to the climate and the environment.

"The project starts - underlines the Kyoto Club - at a crucial moment both for the sector reform and the economic planning of the period 2021-2027, currently under discussion in Brussels and Strasbourg. According to the Commission's proposal, the CAP budget for the new period amounts to around 365 billion euro, 40% of which is allocated to climate action”.

Francesco Ferrante, vice-president of Kyoto Club, recalls that "It is recent news that after three years of stability, the emissions of greenhouse gases started  to grow up again, reaching the historical record, truly worrying, of 32 gigabytes. It seems that in spite of the recommendations of the international scientific community and the Paris Agreement, governments around the world do not understand the urgency of changing the model of development to stop climate change. Yet the technological innovations already available could help a lot. Also in agriculture. A key sector not only because, contributing in a non-irrelevant way to emissions, must be involved in the diffusion of agricultural practices that reduce them, but because it can also play an active and indispensable role in the absorption of carbon ". In this direction, organic farming remains the true innovation to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the agricultural sector.

 

More infromation on the project HERE

Source: Kyoto Club/Green Planet