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Mainstreaming Climate Change into Rural Development Policy post 2013

Mainstreaming Climate Change into Rural Development Policy post 2013

Rural development programmes can support many practical actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to climate change in agriculture and land management more broadly.

Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) under the Common Agricultural Policy are a key instrument for supporting climate action in rural areas in European Union. The programmes can fund many practical measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to climate change in the agricultural sector and land management more broadly. The study "Mainstreaming climate change into rural development policy post 2013" developed a Technical Guidance for RDP Managing Authorities on how to further mainstream new and innovative climate actions in RDPs. The study was commissioned by the Directorate General for Climate Action and lead by Ecologic Institute. The study report, which includes the Technical Guidance, is available for download.

The study report provides an overview of the methodology used in the project as well as a summary of key findings. The Technical Guidance is structured as annexes to the main report and contains the following elements:

  • Detailed technical fiches for 25 climate actions
  • Examples of appropriate combinations of measures and guidelines to identify such combinations
  • Best practice LEADER projects from the 2007- 2013 period
  • Suggestions for promoting climate action through LEADER post 2013
  • Examples of potential joint actions that can be funded under the Cooperation Measure

The Technical Guidance remains relevant also after the approval of RDPs for the 2014 – 2020 period. It provides inspiration for Managing Authorities for adjusting or improving the climate aspects of RDPs, during informal annual modifications, as well as during a potential mid-term review of the CAP. The guidance can also offer ideas for national activities that might be taking place outside of the RD policy framework, whether in relation to the Land Use Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) sector or other activities. 


Citation

Frelih-Larsen, Ana et al. 2014: Mainstreaming Climate Change into Rural Development Policy post 2013. Ecologic Institute, Scotland’s Rural College, Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Solagro, National Institute of Agricultural Economics, Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, Luxembourg. ISBN: 978-92-79-40846-5.

Language
English
Author(s)
M. MacLeod
B. Osterburg
A. V. Eory
S. Kätsch
B. Rees
D. Tarsitano
K. Topp
A. Wolff
N. Metayer
A. Molnar
A. Povellato
J.L. Bochu
M.V. Lasorella
D. Longhitano
Funding
Publisher
Year
2014
ISBN
978-92-79-40846-5
Dimension
491 S.
Project ID
2525
Table of Contents

Project Team
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Boxes
Acronyms
Abstract
Executive Summary
1. Introduction
Policy context
Objectives of the study
Structure of the report
2. Technical Fiches for new and innovative climate actions
Background: Agriculture and climate change
Identifying new and innovative climate actions – method
Structure of technical fiches
Insights from the Workshop
Concluding remarks
3. Combinations of rural development measures and thematic sub-programmes
Background
Identifying combinations of measures and thematic sub-programmes – method
Opportunities for combinations of measures and thematic sub-programmes: Insights
from the stakeholder consultation and the workshop
Examples of combinations of measures with a focus on climate change
Guidelines for how to identify effective measure combinations
Concluding remarks
4. Addressing climate action through the LEADER Instrument
Background
Identifying climate-focused LEADER projects from 2007 – 2013 - method
Climate action in LEADER projects from 2007 – 2013
Climate action in LEADER projects in 2014 – 2020
Concluding remarks
5. Climate Action under the Cooperation Measure
Background
Identifying potential climate-focused topics for joint actions
Demarcation between LEADER and the Cooperation Measure
Testing and implementing new and collective methods for climate actions
6. Indicators and criteria – green growth
Background
Criteria for evaluating the contribution to climate protection and green growth
Indicators
Concluding remarks
7. Consultation and outreach tools
Introduction
Consultation with practitioners and project workshop
Outreach tools
Concluding remarks
References

Keywords
agriculture, climate change mitigation and adaptation, common agricultural policy, rural development programmes, LEADER, European Union, rural areas, Europe, technical guidance