New web-based service to evaluate and reduce the vulnerability of European farms to climate change

11:15 Thursday 30 May

SS046 • OC272

Room S8

 

Nicolas Metayer (France) 1; Vanessa Sanchez (Spain) 2; Carolina Wackerhagen (Germany) 3; Ragnar Leming (Estonia) 4

1 - Solagro; 2 - Fundacion Global Nature; 3 - Bodensee Stiftung; 4 - Eesti Maaülikool

In a context of ever-increasing evidence of climate change with increasing impacts for agriculture, European farmers and advisors from diverse farming organizations are interested in finding out about specific farms vulnerability and considering options to increase their resilience. Abundant research literature, numerous models and various large-scale evaluations about the long-term impacts of climate change on European agriculture already exist. Meanwhile, very little has been done, so far, to help farmers tailor farm scale measures to adapt right now to a changing climate to anticipate current and near future impacts.

The AgriAdapt demonstration project, bringing together four partner organizations from France, Spain, Germany and Estonia, representative of the 4 main climate zones in Europe (Atlantic, Mediterranean, Continental and Nordic), aims at bridging some of this gap. Over the past two years, project partners have experimented an adaptation assessment process with more than 120 pilot farms within European regions facing different climate issues, to give a concrete meaning to climate adaptation.

Indeed, the AgriAdapt experimentation reveals the strong need for specific and local agro climatic indicators to help farming stakeholders better understand farm vulnerability issues. This first step seems essential to then engage them into an adaptation process of their farming practices. As numerous sources of climate projections are now available in Europe, there is a need to multiply their valorization in particular by setting them into relevant crop or animal indicators. The AgriAdapt web-tool aims to fill the missing link between climate services or providers and farming sector end-users to facilitate the implementation of adaptation processes.

Our presentation will cover:

  • Our original methodology, bringing together yield compilations (statistics) and advanced local climate data (observations and projections) into more than 65 agro climate indicators.
  • Our brand-new web application (to be released during summer 2019), making it easy for any farmer or farming organisation working in Europe to evaluate a farm’s vulnerability and options to increase the farm’s resilience.

The AgriAdapt project (2016 – 2019) is funded by the Life Programme of the European Commission. The overall objective of this project is to demonstrate that 3 of the most important farming systems (livestock, arable and permanent crops) in the EU will become more climate-resilient by implementing feasible sustainable adaptation measures which have also positive environmental crosscutting benefits.

Project partners: Bodensee Stiftung (Germany), Fundación Global Nature (Spain), Solagro (France), Eesti Maaülikool (Estonia).