New platform to present and inspire action against climate change in agriculture

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A one-stop-shop for showcasing climate action in agriculture has been launched with the aim of inspiring other farmers and smallholders to introduce similar measures on their own farms.

The Agriculture, Biodiversity and Climate Change Network (ABCCN) will allow farmers and farmers to share their climate change mitigation activities in one place online, providing information, videos and photos, detailing the actions they are taking. they took.

It will be a joint government and industry initiative between the Scottish Government, NFU Scotland, QMS, Soil Association Scotland and SAC Consulting and it will be published on the Farming for a Better Climate website.

Commenting, Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said: “We must work together to achieve our climate and environment goals. In the Climate Change Plan update, we committed to launching a new, broad-based, peer-to-peer knowledge transfer initiative based on the success of our work as Young Farming Climate Champions.

“We know there are farmers and smallholders who are already doing a fantastic job of helping to achieve these goals,” she continued. “We wanted to create something that would allow them to share their work so that others can take action to mitigate and adapt to climate change, as well as increase biodiversity.

“One of the advantages of this network will be to make it inclusive by allowing anyone who acts on the climate and the environment to participate. This will allow us to get advice and support from farmers and farmers across Scotland and inspire others to act now. ”

Kate Hopper, NFUS climate change policy manager, hoped the new network would give deserved recognition to the efforts already made by farmers and crofters: to produce food that is sustainably produced, tasty and nutritious with concern for l environment in the foreground.

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“Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing is a powerful tool and we believe this new network will help drive change by being an inspiration, where farmers and farmers can support each other by exchanging ideas and showcasing the right ones. practice. ”

Sarah Millar, Director of Market Intelligence and External Affairs at QMS, agreed that the network would be an opportunity to showcase the positive actions Scotland’s red meat producers have taken to tackle climate and biodiversity emergencies. . She said: “Farmers can use the peer-to-peer knowledge exchange to help integrate changes and new practices on their farms, and we look forward to showcasing innovations and good practices under the initiative. ”

Colleen McCulloch, Head of Agricultural Programs at Soil Association Scotland, concluded: “In an age when the amount of information on how to do it can be overwhelming, learning from peers is one of the most powerful ways to do it. ‘inspire and lead change. We believe that sharing the brilliant work developed on the ground by these fantastic innovators across Scotland will inspire others, providing ideas and starting points for adopting new practices, and will be a key part of driving of a positive revolution for the climate and nature.

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