ANIMALCHANGE

The points on the map above represent the farms used in AnimalChange. The farms are either model farms or showcase farms.

The model farms are virtual farms representing a livestock system in a region. These virtual farms are created combining estimated data and information based on regional production systems and national statistics.

Showcase farms, however, are real farms. These farms are mainly connected to already existing projects, preferably working on climate change adaptation or mitigation strategies. Real-life data are collected on these farms.

Data from showcase farms are used in calculations of model farms. Most showcase farms are open to visitors for knowledge dissemination and additional information are collected via questionnaires on barriers preventing farmers from implementing mitigation and adaptation measures.

ANIMALCHANGE Background, aims and outcomes

The demand for livestock products is growing and climate change threatens food security and rural livelihoods. Policies that are currently in place may prove insufficient. Livestock systems are a significant contributor to greenhouse gases (GHG) but there is much uncertainty.

ANIMALCHANGE will for the first time provide a vision of the future of the livestock sector under climate change.

ANIMALCHANGE will

  • Reduce uncertainties concerning GHG emissions from livestock systems.
  • Include climate variability as part of impact assessment.
  • Develop cutting-edge technologies for mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
  • Assess economic and societal costs of business as usual and of adaptation and mitigation scenarios.
  • Assess the vulnerability of livestock to climate change and feedbacks on GHG emissions.
  • Provide direct support to set up policies for mitigation and adaptation to climate change for the livestock sector.
  • Reach out to stakeholders by organising symposia, training of scientists, technicians and policy makers and forming a network to alert stakeholders of project outputs and events.
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ANIMALCHANGE will use cutting edge techniques and mathematical modeling to achieve these outcomes.

 

 

The results will be applicable to wide range of systems not only in Europe but also in Africa and Latin America


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