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Carbon farming in the EU

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On 27 April 2021, after a two-year study the European Commission published a technical handbook on how to set up and implement carbon farming in the EU, aimed at helping private actors and public authorities start up carbon farming initiatives. It intends to support the development of result-based payment schemes for carbon farming in the EU. The Handbook has been prepared as part of a wider study Analytical support for the operationalisation of an EU Carbon Farming Initiative, funded by the European Commission, which explores the options for wide-scale adoption of result-based carbon farming schemes or initiatives linked to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

It is targeted at public authorities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and private organisations interested in developing and implementing result-based payment schemes for carbon farming at national, regional or local scale. At Eurosite, we deem it useful for all members and partners working in or with peatland (restoration), such as for example the Interreg NWE Care-Peat project consortium (that recently expanded with a capitalisation project) and the members of the Peatland Restoration and Management Group.