The Trust worked with The British Society of Animal Science and British Grassland Society on two very exciting webinars in summer 2020 and there are links to view them below. This two-part series deals with the science and policy potential of grassland to capture and store C as part of agriculture’s road map to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions. The first webinar concentrates on the science and the potential of soil, pasture and on-farm woodland to increase C storage potential and reduce emissions.
Locking in C with Grasslands 25 June 2020
Convenor Prof Michael Lee BSAS Global
Soil – Andy Neal Rothamsted Research Portrays soil as a living system and explains through emphasising the vital role C and organic matter has in defining soil health to improve assimilatory processes which increases conversion of nutrients into biomass and decreases losses to the environment.
Pasture – Katja Klumpp INRA France Looks at how pasture composition, grazing management and multifunctionality in swards can improve net efficiency of herbage growth and the return of C to the soil, combining with the role of pasture composition for increasing efficiency of nutrient utilization for growth and lactation.
Woodland on farm – Helen Sheridan UCD Dublin Takes about woodland vegetation at different levels as a component of all grassland farms whether through hedge row and field margin trees, set aside woodland or agro-forestry. The potential of integrated livestock-woodland systems to capture C is examined as a vital component of net zero through integration of woodland into their systems.
Locking in C with Grasslands webinar is here.
How can policy facilitate locking C in Grasslands? 2 July 2020
Convenor: Professor Margaret Gill Stapledon Trust
This is a complex area where there is a need for the policy environment to be right and for farmers and land owners to be on side. Given the time it takes to change soil carbon levels and the diversity of existing carbon levels may be difficult to identify one policy that works for all. This webinar and its discussion helps viewers better understand ways where we might move forward to map the best policy environment.
Rebecca Heaton, Climate Change Comittee: Land use for a net zero UK
Jorgen E Olesen, Aarhus University, Denmark: How to manage critical thinking in a policy environment that needs carbon sequestration
Paul Muto: Natural England’s evidence based approach
How can policy facilitate locking C in Grasslands webinar is here