The main topic of the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Agriculture is soil carbon sequestration as a climate action in agriculture. Delegates should think of the meeting as if they’re going into a traditional Finnish smoke sauna, a wood-heated, chimneyless sauna hut: head slightly bowed – the doorways are small in old saunas – and hands fumbling in the dark to guide them. But decidedly taking steps towards something new.
Agricultural ministers from EU member states will gather for an informal meeting in Helsinki on 22–24 September to discuss the role of soil carbon sequestration in climate action. The ministers will also visit a Finnish farm and a forest management site.
According to the European Environment Agency (EEA)’s recent Climate change adaptation in the agriculture sector in Europe report, crop and livestock production is projected to decrease and may even have to be abandoned in parts of Europe’s southern and Mediterranean regions due to climate change.
The study, which was advised and reviewed by expert JRC scientists, says the EU’s agricultural sector must make adapting to climate change a top priority if it is to improve resilience to extreme events such as droughts, heatwaves and floods.
A summary of the exchange of views is now available.