Road4Schemes

Start: 1 November 2021
Duration: 36 Months
Aim: Assess strengths, weaknesses, and different perceptions of current strategies and schemes for carbon farming
Keywords: Carbon farming, result-based schemes, Ecosystem Services
Contact:

Project coordinator: Martin Hvarregaard Thorsøe, Aarhus University (martinh.thorsoe@au.dk)  

Project communication representative: Anne Sofie Neilsen, Aarhus University (asn@agro.au.dk

Carbon farming has gained prominence as a mitigation option to reach targets set in the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal. To achieve this, integrating research into policy design and implementation, ensuring mutual benefits for stakeholders, soils and society is helpful. Road4Schemes will (1) assess the strengths and weaknesses of existing and planned schemes for carbon farming and additional Ecosystem Service (ESS) payments, including respective tools for monitoring, reporting and verification; (2) assess stakeholders’ perceptions and preferences with respect to strategies for scheme design and policy drivers and barriers; and (3) deliver a roadmap for developing and implementing contextually sensitive result-based schemes for carbon farming and additional ESS payments.

The overall objectives of the project are to:

  1. Assess strengths and weaknesses of current schemes for carbon farming and additional ESS payments, including options for establishing efficient monitoring, reporting and verification systems.
  2. Assess stakeholders’ perceptions of different strategies for carbon farming scheme design and policy drivers of result-based schemes for carbon farming and additional ESS payments.
  3. Outline a roadmap for local and regional implementation of attractive and effective result-based schemes for carbon farming and additional ESS payments.

Research Approach

The objectives will be addressed in an interdisciplinary project integrating insights from soil science, economics and social sciences in four work packages with a total of around 200 PM (see figure 1).

The WPs provide complementary insights to the analysis of different opportunities for developing schemes for carbon farming and additional ESS payments.

Figure 1: Workflow diagram of Road4Schemes