Climate friendly practices applied: Agroforestry
During the past three decades, agroforestry has become recognized as an integrated approach to sustainable land use because of its production and environmental benefits. It is recognised as a greenhouse gas mitigation strategy and has great potential as a strategy for biological carbon sequestration. The perceived potential is based on the premise that the greater efficiency of integrated systems in resource (nutrients, light and water) capture and utilisation than single species systems will result in greater net C sequestration.
At the various SOLMACC farms, agroforestry elements exist as shelter belts of one or more rows of trees planted, as riparian buffers to filter surface runoff, protect stream banks and shorelines from erosion, as alley plantings in single or grouped rows, and with agricultural crops grown in alleys between tree rows.
Click on the link below to read about how SOLMACC farmers in Germany, Italy and Sweden implement this practice and which challenges some of them are facing.
What is SOLMACC?
SOLMACC is a LIFE co-funded project that aims to demonstrate that by applying optimised farming practices organic farming can be climate - friendly. 12 demonstration farms are therefore adjusting their famring techniques under the close supervision and monitoring of agricultural scientists. Find out more about the wider project here.