The contribution of research-action Clubs for agriculture and forestery sectors : economic expertise and innovation for climate

Date: 10th December, 3.45pm – 6.45pm

The Rio Conventions Pavilion in the Climate Generations Area
Organizer : I4CE

NEW : Summary:
The conference presented the work and progress of the Carbon Forest and Wood Club and the Climate Agriculture Club. The main objective was to present the issues linked to carbon certification in Europe in those sectors, and to highlight the different pilot carbon initiatives carried out by the club members.

The conference was divided in three complementary subjects :
1. Forestry/agriculture and climate: the research clubs expertise: what role do the clubs play and what expertise from the members?
Those research clubs gather research institutes , policy makers (local authorities , public Administrations), and professionals from agriculture and forestry sectors, with the goal to provide knowledge on the economic and technical means to improve climate change mitigation within those sectors and make them more resilient to climate change.

 2. Carbon certification in Europe:
This panel presented the different obstacles to mitigation projects development and both presented solutions and perspectives considered in France and provided examples of mechanisms already implemented in other European countries (UK, Italy … ).
The VOCAL project , resulting from the Clubs’work, and aiming at the creation of a national carbon certification framework in France for agriculture and forestry, has been announced.

 3. Carbon projects development in France:
Despite the lack of certification framework in France, numerous mitigation projects have been implemented by Club members. They are innovative initiatives which reflect the commitment of stakeholders to engage in this path, even before the creation of an appropriate certification framework.
The French Ministry for Ecology concluded with its support to carbon project development in France and its participation in the creation of the national framework.

A few conclusive remarks:
The work of the Clubs and the members’ expertise allowed everyone to share knowledge, experience and expertise, which resulted in the following observations:
– Different obstacles to carbon project certification exist in France, and more generally in Europe.
– However, we observe a growing demand from companies to relocate their offsetting in their own country.
– Other European countries have already implemented mechanisms which allow the development of domestic mitigation projects.
– Pilot initiatives to develop carbon projects in agriculture and forestry sectors have emerged in France, despite the current lack of certification framework.

Those different observations led I4CE and some club members to launch a project to create a national carbon certification framework for agriculture and forestry sectors, approved by the French Ministry for Ecology. This project is going to be main focus for 2016 and 2017 and should allow carbon certification in France within a few years.


15h45 – 16h30 : Introduction by Benoit Leguet

Table ronde 1 : Les « clubs de recherche-action », KESAKO ?

      • Claudine FOUCHEROT – I4CE Faciliter l’échange entre décideurs publics, recherche académique et acteurs opérationnels
      • Philippe TOUCHAIS – APCA Témoignage d’un membre fondateur du Club Climat Agriculture : le rôle des chambres agricoles dans la lutte contre le changement climatique
      • Marianne RUBIO – ONF Témoignage d’un membre fondateur du Club Carbone Forêt-Bois : la prise en compte des enjeux climatiques par l’ONF

16h30 – 17h30

Table ronde 2 : L’enjeu de la certification carbone en Europe

      • Julia GRIMAULT – I4CE Les freins au développement de projets en Europe et la création d’un référentiel national de certification carbone.
      • Lucio BROTTO – ETIFOR Italian initiative : Italian Forest Carbon Code
      • Pat SNOWDON – Forestry Commission United Kingdom initiative : Woodland Carbon Code

17h30 – 18h30

Table-ronde 3 : Le développement de projets carbone en France et l’appropriation par les acteurs locaux

        • Jean-Baptiste DOLLE – IDELE / Thierry GESLAIN – CNIEL Les filières bovines engagées dans la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique
        • Pierre COMPERE – InVivo AgroSolutions L’insertion de légumineuses dans les rotations pour réduire la fertilisation azotée
        • Alexander MURILLO – ECOACT Evaluer et optimiser le bilan carbone des forêts de Groupama
        • Caroline MARIE – GIP Massif Central, Olivier PICARD – CNPF, Odeline JACOB – Aquitaine Carbone Développement de projets carbone de gestion forestière améliorée en France : exemples du Rhône-Alpes, du Massif Central et de l’Aquitaine

18h30 – 18h45 : Conclusion by Alexia LESEUR (I4CE) and Joseph Lunet (DGEC-MEDDE)

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