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Agriculture and climate change: turning results into practical action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - A review - AC0206

Description
The main objective of this work is to review key scientific research reports on agriculture and climate change and other information about relevant agricultural practices which have already been adopted (in the UK and overseas) in order to (i) identify good practice by farmers and land managers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and (ii) highlight the main gaps in knowledge that may require further research. This will be done by analysing information generated by previous and ongoing research projects under Defra's Agriculture and Climate Change R&D programme, and other Defra-commissioned research. This study will also look at research from other bodies, including industry bodies such as the levy boards, information from members of the Rural Climate Change Forum, outcomes from relevant ongoing activities (such as the dairy "road-mapping" work in Defra), and other information about relevant agricultural practices which have already been adopted overseas and in the UK which aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The final output will be a report which synthesises the current state of scientific knowledge on these issues; makes clear recommendations on practical actions that farmers and land managers should take in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; highlights the main gaps in knowledge; lists relevant ongoing research; and sets out how the recommended actions relate to wider efforts to reduce the “environmental footprint” of farming (for example in relation to air and water pollution or soil management) and how best to avoid any trade-offs between these different environmental impacts.
Objective
There are two main objectives of this work:

1. To review key scientific research reports on agriculture and climate change, and other information about relevant agricultural practices which have already been adopted (in the UK and overseas).

This will be done in order to: (i) identify good practice by farmers and land managers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and (ii) highlight the main gaps in knowledge that may require further research.

2. To provide Defra with a list of key messages in relation to: (i) best farming practice to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (including management practices, technologies etc), (ii) areas that have been well researched, and (iii) areas that are lacking (knowledge gaps).


Project Documents
• Final Report : Agriculture and climate change: turning research results into practical action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - A research review   (357k)
• Final Report - Annex : Agriculture and climate change: turning research results into practical action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - A research review   (306k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2007

To: 2007

Cost: £30,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Institute of Grassland and Environment Research (IGER)
Keywords
Advice              
Climate Change              
Environmental Protection              
Policy Analysis/Evaluation              
Fields of Study
Agriculture and Climate Change