In the Kyoto protocol context, PICCMAT aims at identifying and promoting changes in land managements practices to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. The Common Agricultural Policy includes different tools in its rural development policy to orientate farmers' practices and environmental impact. These tools (mainly agri-environment measures and cross-compliance obligations) are expected to include climate change mitigation related measures. This project will provide objective information to develop guidelines for the design of climate change mitigation policy incentives. The project has three main objectives: 1) To provide scientific information for the development of policy related to agricultural practices and climate change mitigation. This will be realised through an extensive analysis of the potential mitigation options in land management practices. It will involve a close cooperation with past and on-going research projects, case studies in major European climatic regions, and a modelled quantification of the global impact of the introduction of selected practices. 2) To reinforce the links between policy makers and scientists in the field of climate change and agriculture. During its entire duration, PICCMAT will maintain close exchanges with EU policy makers and scientists through its Project advisory board and the organisation of workshops and seminars. EU-27 National authorities involved in the elaboration of the NRDP will be identified and directly involved in the project. 3) To raise European farmer awareness on the impact of agriculture on climate change. Through the organisation of an awareness campaign targeted at major agricultural organisations, PICCMAT will ensure a large dissemination of its results. The consortium built for the PICCMAT project includes 10 organisations and covers 10 countries in Europe, from the north to the south and the east, including NMS and ACC.
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