Climate Change Mitigation in Agriculture - by Land Use Optimization

Location: Rue de Trèves 61, 1040 Brussels
Event Date: 2018-04-13
Time: 09:00:00

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OPAL-Life project has the pleasure to invite you to a seminar on CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION IN AGRICULTURE - by Land Use Optimization


When: 13 April 2018 at 9.30am–3.30pm (coffee will be served at 9.00 am)

Where: Secretariat of COPA-COGECA, Rue de Trèves 61, 1040 Brussels


OPAL-Life project is coordinated by the Natural Resources Institute Finland and it aims at mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, following the principle of sustainable intensification. This means combining environmental benefits, profitability of the farm and social aspects.

Join us in discussion with scientists, WWF, DG-AGRI, EIP-AGRI, COPA-COGECA, and farmers. Please, find below the program and register via this link.

You are warmly welcome!




Chair: Liisa Pietola, Chair of Copa-Cogeca WP Environment, The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK)


9.30–9.40         Opening


9.40–10.40       Land Use Optimization as a means for sustainable intensification of agriculture in high latitudes, Research professor Pirjo Peltonen-Sainio, Natural Resources Institute Finland


10.40–11.00    Profitability of crop production in Finland and its effects on land use,
Senior specialist Sari Peltonen, ProAgria – Rural Advisory Services Finland


11.00–12.00    Commentaries

  • Nicola Di Virgilio, Policy Analyst & Dan Burgar-Kuzelicki, Policy Officer - DG AGRI, European Commission
  • Sergiu Didicescu, Farm Practice Officer, EIP-AGRI Service Point
  • Evangelos Koumentakos, Senior Policy Advisor, Copa and Cogeca


12.00-12.30     Discussion


12.30–14.00    Lunch


14.00–14.30    Farmer views on climate change mitigation in Finland,

Research Scientist Jaana Sorvali, Natural Resources Institute Finland


14.30–15.30    Interactive panel discussion on closing yield gaps at EU-level;

  • Jabier Ruiz, WWF
  • Tobias Gräs, Danish Agriculture and Food Council
  • Airi Kulmala, Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners MTK
  • Adriano Battilani, Canale Emiliano Romagnolo (CER)


15.30                  Concluding remarks


For more information on the event, please contact:


Jaana Sorvali, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), OR

Liisa Pietola, Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) ,


Seminar is organized by OPAL-Life (Optimizing Agricultural Land Use to Mitigate Climate Change) project in collaboration with the project partners.