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Exploiting Soil-Management Strategies for Climate Mitigation in the European Union: Maximizing 'Win-Win' Solutions across Policy Regimes

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dc.contributor.author Henriksen, Christian Bugge
dc.contributor.author Hussey, Karen
dc.contributor.author Holm, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-24T16:53:59Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-24T16:53:59Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7858
dc.description.abstract "The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has identified a number of soil-management strategies that can be implemented to reduce GHG emissions. However, before deciding which of these strategies are most appropriate in any given situation, it is important to investigate how these strategies affect other aspects of sustainable development. For instance, some attempts to sequester carbon in the landscape could alter the soil’s capacity to filter water. Alternatively, other strategies could unintentionally increase net energy consumption through greater fertilizer use. Focusing specifically on opportunities to implement soil-management strategies in the European Union (EU), we discuss the synergies and trade-offs of those strategies with respect to water resources management and energy security. The focus of the analysis is two-fold: first, we analyze the net benefit of strategies such as crop management, nutrient management, tillage and residue management, water management, and bioenergy vis-a-vis their implications for water resources and energy security; second, we undertake an assessment of the EU’s relevant policy frameworks to assess whether the potential synergies from various soil-management strategies are being encouraged or, conversely, where perverse outcomes or trade-offs are likely. Our findings suggest there is much scope to encourage soil-management strategies in Europe that would mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, but these synergies are currently not fully exploited at the EU policy level. We identify a number of options for better policy integration among the Common Agricultural Policy, the Water Framework Directive, and the Climate Action and Renewable Energy Package." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.subject mitigation en_US
dc.subject greenhouse effect en_US
dc.subject water management en_US
dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.title Exploiting Soil-Management Strategies for Climate Mitigation in the European Union: Maximizing 'Win-Win' Solutions across Policy Regimes en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Europe en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 16 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth December en_US

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