Successful ERA-NET Cofund proposal: ERA-GAS

A second ERA-NET Cofund action is under preparation by the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) which corresponds to a topic suggested to the European Commission by FACCE-JPI. The proposal, led by Ireland, has been positively evaluated and is now in EC grant agreement preparation. In addition to JPI countries, New Zealand and the US are participating in the ERA-NET.

The consortium consists of 21 partners from European Member States countries, Associated countries and the US and New Zealand. The ERA-GAS Cofund will pool significant national resources in support of this joint programming initiative, with a total budget of between €13.6 and €13.9 million, including the EU funding top-up.

The aim of this ERA-NET Cofund is to strengthen the transnational coordination of research programmes and provide added value to research and innovation on greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation in the European Research Area. The ERA-NET will cover aspects of monitoring and mitigation of agricultural GHG, including such aspects as reducing uncertainties and improving national agricultural GHG inventories (e.g. with ICOS), the role of climatic variability and agricultural and forestry practices for GHG emissions, the technical and economic potential of CH4 and N2O mitigation, carbon sequestration and reduced emissions from energy use and pre-chain inputs, emissions/removals certification, economic and policy measures, including trade, barriers to implementation, life cycle assessment.

The running of this ERA-NET COFUND is assured by a set of coordination and organisation activities, including the running of the co-funded call, organisation of the evaluation and selection procedures, and the organisation of additional activities.

Christine Bunthof of Wageningen UR leads the Work Package 7 which is to ensure the link and coherence with the FACCE JPI and other actions and to develop the long term strategy for agricultural and forestry greenhouse gases. The Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs leads the Work on Communication, Exploitation and Dissemination of the results, in which Wageningen International will probably be heavily involved to organise programme seminars, and communications.

The call is expected to open in 1 March 2016.

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