Climate change adaptation

Climate change adaptation in the agricultural sector means rehabilitation of degraded pastures providing climate adaptation benefits, including reduced local temperatures, increased air humidity, better resistance against heatwaves and drought and more resilience against natural disasters. It also has a positive effect on soil erosion and water availability.

Agricultural adaptation strategies

Examples of strategies used by farmers can be the use of drought resistant varieties of crops, crop diversification, changes in cropping pattern and calendar of planting, conserving soil moisture through appropriate tillage methods, and improving irrigation efficiency. 

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Policy briefs

How to better integrate soil management practices into climate change adaptation strategies


CLIMASOMA’s aims include identifying and summarizing the socio-economic and political barriers and incentives for the application of soil and crop management in climate adaptation strategies.

The results presented are from a stock-take of EU policies and their instruments that impact agricultural management and barriers and drivers at the farm level in relation to improving soil health and climate change adaptation.

The work includes perceptions of barriers and drivers that co-determine the willingness of farmers to act and adapt to climate change.

Soil and crop management practices for climate adaptatoin

Soil management and cropping systems enhancing soil structure are key to support the sustainable adaptation of EU agriculture to climate change.

The occurrence of extreme weather events, such as drought in summer and floods in winter, will increase almost everywhere in the EU.

Guidance on management practices to help farmers adapt to these situations is necessary. Many practices exist and have already been subject to scientific research for several decades.

Nevertheless, it is not always clear which practices have really proven effective in which contexts, what trade-offs have to be taken into account and which synergies might occur.





RICI - Access to cross-European soil science expertise

‘Resources, Infrastructure and Capabilities Inventory (RICI)’ is an online platform for policy stakeholders. RICI provides access to a pool of specialized scientists and experts at local, regional and national level across Europe. The online inventory is the ‘Yellow pages’ on expertise on soil science in relation to questions for policy matters.