Agriculture

Ireland Case study – Establishment grants for Agroforestry [Sep. 2019]

Summary

2015-2020

The combination of detailed grants linked to specific activities with mandatory counselling by farm advisors and the well-established links with forestry laws guarantee the long-term sustainability of this measure. Considering soil conditions (no afforestation on drain peatland soils) also ensures the actual climate benefits.

Highlights

Policy Type: Subsidy

  • High carbon sequestration potential
  • Increase of soil carbon content
  • Rules and guidelines ensure the long-term climate benefits
  • Steps were taken to ensure no increase in mineralisation of carbon-rich soils that would cancel out climate benefits

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