The “Carbon Farming Certification System” (C-FARMs) LIFE project has kicked off. The project is coordinated by FederlegnoArredo, with CREA, Confagricoltura, University of Tuscia, PEFC Italy, Reteclima, CMCC and Terrasystem and it is co-funded by the European Commission. The project is part of the LIFE “C-FARMs” program, aiming at promoting Carbon Farming practices in agriculture.
The project was also born in response to the Communication of the European Commission of December 15 regarding measures to favor CO2 sequestration and the incentives for Carbon Farming to mitigate the impacts of climate change. It aims to increase and share knowledge on the subject, also in view of a proposed regulatory framework for the certification of carbon removals based on solid and transparent carbon accounting.
Among the aims of the project are the creation of a high resolution demonstrative geospatial information system (GIS-FARMs), which will identify the mitigation potential of the agricultural sector; the creation of a universally applicable methodological framework to allow a wider diffusion of Carbon Farming practices; the development of a regulatory framework for a carbon certification system in collaboration with relevant actors and institutions; support for the design and implementation of targeted payments for the application of Carbon Farming practices. C-FARMs, which will last 18 months, will be conducted in Italy, particularly in Lombardy, as a case study, and will involve universities, research centers, private companies, farmers and wood industries. Institutions will also be involved, including those with official responsibility for the Greenhouse Gas Inventory, those related to certification systems and regional authorities dealing with agricultural issues.