Call for abstracts: International conference on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and food security

Conference focuses on options, global potentials and visions for the mitigation of greenhouse gases and the enhancement of carbon sinks by agriculture.

Germany, as the incoming chair of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) and as chair of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI), is organizing the International conference on agricultural GHG emissions and food security - Connecting research to policy and practice with the participation of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

The conference will be a platform for international scientists to exchange and discuss current and future innovative mitigation options and implementation processes and to develop future pathways for applicable mitigation strategies in agriculture. The results shall be further discussed during the stakeholder conference directly following.

Conference topics:

1. Innovative approaches in GHG monitoring and MRV 

What are new innovative approaches in better monitoring of GHG emissions and how can MRV options be integrated internationally?

  • Developing improved methodologies for national GHG reporting 
  • Integrating new measures and regional scales in monitoring 
  • GHG calculators for the farm level: experiences and perspectives   

2. Mitigation potential 

What are innovative measures to mitigate GHG emissions in livestock, cropland, rice production and carbon rich-ecosystems? How can intelligent land use management contribute to less GHG emissions? What is the mitigation potential on the regional, national and global scale of new and innovative action and measures? 

  • Livestock and grassland management 
  • Rice and cropland 
  • Land-use, land use management and carbon rich ecosystems 
  • Soil carbon sequestration, agroforestry   
  • Cost and implementation

How can cost-effective GHG measures be integrated and implemented? What are current best practice instruments to integrate GHG emissions by agriculture in national NDCs and how are they implemented? What are innovative integrative approaches with multiple benefits/ win-win options that can be transferred to other regions? What are the barriers to the uptake of mitigation options? 

  • Scientific evaluation of national climate protection plans and future pathways 
  • Economic analysis of GHG emissions policies / marginal abatement cost curves 
  • Adoption rates, potentials and barriers/ win-win solutions: integrative approaches with multiple benefits

4. Global challenges and policies

What are possible policy design and implementation options from scientific point of view? What are the challenges in mitigation regarding food security and other political priorities (natural resources management and biodiversity) and how can solutions look like? 

  • Mitigation and food security; consumption; simultaneously addressing consumption and production
  • Quantification of leakage effects and global implications; bio-economy; circular economy
  • Options and challenges for supply chains and trade

Call for abstracts:

The conference welcomes one-page abstracts for a paper or poster presentation. Deadline: 30 April 2018. Poster and paper presentation decisions will be shared in June 2018.

Read more about the conference on the official website.