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Exploring strategic farming choices to respond to mitigation and adaptation to climate change

Alterations in the climatic system due to increased atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gas emissions are expected to have important implications for agriculture, the environment and society.

Agriculture is an important source of GHG emissions (12 % of global anthropogenic GHG), but it is also part of the solution to mitigate emissions and to adapt to climate change. Responses to face the challenge of climate change should place agricultural adaptation and mitigation strategies at the heart of the climate change agenda. Agriculture is crucial for the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, which already stand under pressure due to climate change impacts, increased population, pollution and fragmented and uncoordinated climate policy strategies. The concept of climate smart agriculture has emerged to encompass all these issues as a whole.

The adoption of mitigation and adaptation measures can play a significant role for reaching a balance among equity, economic security and the environment under climate change scenarios.

Sobre el autor

Berta Sánchez

Berta Sánchez is PhD in Agricultural and Natural Resources Economics. Her interest focuses on global change and agri-environmental sustainability, particularly related to socio-economic drivers, participatory action research and policy development. Currently, she is Research Fellow at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) in the Economics of Agriculture Unit. Previously, she was researcher in two European Projects, EU-Horizon 2020 project iSQAPER (www.isqaper-project.eu) and EU-FP7 project SmartSOIL (www.smartsoil.eu) on sustainable farm management and climate change. Prior to that, she also worked in the Climate change Adaptation in Doñana Project, coordinated by WWF and the Spanish Biodiversity Foundation. At the beginning of her academic career she started at the University of Copenhagen working on food security and crop cultivation under climate change, and since then she has published in high impact factor peer-reviewed journals such as Global Change Biology or Journal of Environmental Management.