Agricultural Regions

What is it about

Changing local climates and weather events like droughts, storms and extreme rain affect the soil fertility for production in agriculture and forestry. Healthy plants are however not only a crucial source for food and natural supplies, but also particularly important for absorbing carbon from the atmosphere.

The consequences of climate change have a large impact on several soil physical processes and cause substantial risk of salinisation, reduced water and nutrient availability, and decrease in soil biodiversity distribution. As native crops and plants are weakened by changing conditions, the risk to agriculture and forests from pests, pathogens and invasive non-native species also increases. Moreover, the growing risk of wildfires further reduces the productivity and carbon absorbing capacity of the land.

In view of these challenges, new ways of agricultural and forestry production must be found that can better cope with the changed conditions, meet the requirements of climate-neutral production, and sustainably secure the supply of food and natural products.

Driving the change towards climate-neutral and resilient agriculture and forestry takes all of us. Find out more about what you can contribute to this endeavour and explore the specific challenges faced by our CIC-related Demonstrator and Follower Regions.

What I can do as...

Policy Makers & Administrations

Provide framework and guidance

A directed transformation needs an accompanying regulatory framework that promotes mutually supportive developments and limits developments with detrimental direct and indirect side effects. Taking into account the tight and further narrowing emission limits, measures need to be balanced to ensure the best possible adaptation without further increasing the risks from climate impacts.

KNOWING creates region-specific pathways with guidance on the combination and timing of measures that help make a climate-neutral and resilient future achievable. This also includes recommendations on how different sectors can be prepared for the transformation and supported in the development within the pathways.

Agricultural land and forests are an important part of our natural environment. Production tasks must be reconciled with ecosystem conservation to ensure the societal goals of protecting and providing for our habitat.

Find out how measures influence each other and how a balanced transformation of agricultural and forestry areas can be achieved. Our recommendations and decision-making tools incorporate the latest scientific findings and the combined knowledge of all relevant stakeholder groups.

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Science & Education

Collaborate and communicate

Assessing the impact of climate change on agricultural and forestry areas and identifying measures to secure the production of food and natural materials involves a wide range of different scientific disciplines with often unique methods and models and their own terminology. The complexity of climate change however requires combining the knowledge and tools from different disciplines to avoid rebound- and spill-over effects in the decarbonisation and adaptation process.

KNOWING develops a transdisciplinary modelling framework combining knowledge and methodologies from technical, natural, and social sciences to achieve technologically and financially feasible and socially just transformation into a carbon-neutral and sustainable future. Supported by and external scientific board, a Climate Interaction Knowledge Base is developed to provide access to scientific evidence and tools to inspire and support transdisciplinary collaboration.

To secure informed decision making, it is important to further improve and provide the best available knowledge and evidence to avoid maladaptation and failed decarbonisation efforts. Therefore, the framework is open for additional knowledge and models.

Learn more about the data and models applied in the framework and the disciplines involved in the development of the framework, the engagement of stakeholders and citizens and the communication of results.

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Economy & Industries

Lead economic transformation

Crops and woodlands are among the economic products that are particularly affected by climate change. The farming and forestry sector is therefore clearly aware of the need for a reorientation of agricultural production. As one of the most important drivers of progress, the economy is also playing a central leading role in the transformation of the sector.

The Transformation Pathways developed by KNOWING provide a clear orientation on planned measures and changing regulatory conditions that help agricultural and forestry enterprises to adapt their production and secure the supply of food and natural products to communities in the future.

Agricultural land and forests are an important part of our natural environment. Production tasks must be reconciled with ecosystem conservation to ensure the societal goals of protecting and providing for our habitat. To build on activities and opportunities already evolving in the sector, stakeholders from Demonstrator Regions and Members of the external Stakeholder Reference Group support the development of Transformation Pathways with their expertise.

Find out how measures influence each other, how a balanced transformation of agricultural and forestry areas can be achieved and how you can take a leading role in the development of the new agricultural economy.

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Civil Society

Embrace and shape the change

Although we do not know exactly what our future will look like and we worry about having to give up certain favourite foods, we are not powerless. The world has always changed, and those who have embraced it have always found ways to create and appreciate new opportunities.

KNOWING explains complex interrelationships and the effects of climate impacts, but also climate protection and adaptation measures, on the quality of life of different people. Relatable stories show which measures are necessary to secure the supply of food and natural resources without putting anyone at a disadvantage compared to others.

Citizens must be central in shaping a liveable future because it affects their own lives. It is therefore all the more important that everyone understands the interrelationships and preconditions of necessary developments in order to recognise the risks of wrong decisions.

Every day that passes unused means that even higher emissions must be reduced in even less time, or even more adaption measures are needed. It takes all of us to achieve the turnaround together and in time. This is why we actively engage citizens in raising awareness about the complexity of dealing with climate change and benefit from their experiences. Learn more about how you can also help others to join the effort.

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