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Sustainable biofuels have the potential to foster rural development and to replace fossil fuels. Although there are concerns about food security, impacts on small-scale farmers, more competition for water, local pollution and increased deforestation, this knowledge package concludes that various difficulties make it impossible to quantify the relationship between biofuel production and deforestation and to map it at the global...Read more
Mainstreaming climate adaptation concerns into other policies can increase the effectiveness of reducing climate change impacts. The critical aspect of it is sufficient awareness of decision-makers on all levels that climate change impacts should be minimised. Therefore, information on potential impacts needs to be available,so that decision-makers are aware of them and a wide range of stakeholders is involved in...Read more
Agriculture and land management play a central role in climate change mitigation in the EU. The potential of greenhouse gas mitigation measures differs according to regional characteristics and farming systems. Since there is great diversity in natural conditions and farming systems, selection of the most appropriate practices will vary according to context and depend on specific agronomic, environmental and climatic...Read more
Agriculture is an important source of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU, while also being heavily affected by climate change. Mitigation and adaptation have to be prioritised by both farmers and policy makers in order to coordinate efforts to reduce emissions from the sector and meet demands for food. Balancing these sometimes competing interests presents a significant policy challenge. Read more
To realise the savings aimed at with the 20-20-20% targets for 2020, the European Union has introduced a mix of climate policies, using a variety of policy instruments and targeting all economic sectors. The different policies have fulfilled their purpose with varying success and different performances regarding environmental and cost effectiveness, as well as additional impacts on society. Read more
The IUSS Conference on Soils Functions and Climate Change will addresses the broad question: 'Do we underestimate the consequences of new disequilibria in soil properties?'. The conference aims to increase understanding of how interactions among physical, chemical and biological soil processes under different land-use systems and climate conditions will alter...Read more
Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). In 2016 the European Commission and the Government of the Netherlands will co-host the fourth edition.
Adaptation Futures 2016 leads to major progress in climate change adaptation. It fosters...Read more
PROVIA, the European Commission, and the Government of the Netherlands
The MACSUR Science conference will take place on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th April 2015 in Reading UK, and will be followed on Friday 10th April with a workshop on within theme and cross cutting activities (aimed at those who will be involved in planning MACSUR 2).
This joint European conference (17-19 November 2015) in Bonn will bring together experts from science, policy and practice to highlight and discuss the importance of nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation in urban areas and their rural surroundings. The aim of the conference is to increase knowledge...Read more
German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ / German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA)