Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases

New Zealand is a member of the Global Research Alliance on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

What is the Global Research Alliance?

The Mission of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) is to bring countries together to find ways to grow more food without growing greenhouse gas emissions. It was launched in December 2009.

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How is New Zealand involved in the GRA?

New Zealand is a founding member, the current GRA Secretariat, is one of the Co-Chairs of the Livestock Research Group, and was GRA Council Chair (2011-2012).

The New Zealand Government committed $45 million to the work of the GRA in 2010 and in 2016 announced a further 20 million out to June 2020 to fund research in the area of greenhouse gas emissions mitigation in pasture based temporal livestock systems.

New Zealand is represented in the GRA by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), working closely with the environment and climate change groups from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and the Ministry for the Environment (MfE). MPI contracts the NZAGRC to manage New Zealand’s involvement in the Livestock Research Group and New Zealand’s GRA science research activities.

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What is the GRA Livestock Research Group?

The Livestock Research Group (LRG) is focused on reducing the emissions intensity of livestock production systems and increasing the quantity of carbon stored in soils supporting those systems.

The LRG is co-chaired by NZAGRC Director Dr Harry Clark and Dr Sinead Waters from Teagasc Ireland.

The LRG Vision is to:

  1. Increase agriculture production with lower emissions
  2. Improve global cooperation in research & technology
  3. Work with farmers and partners to provide knowledge

Read below for details on the workings of the LRG and GRA.

For more information on the group check out the December 2018 LRG newsletter at: 

COP21 Agricultural Events

Overview of thematic events including agriculture and forestry:

Tuesday 1 December

 The LPAA "Focus on Agriculture" (learn more) at COP21 aims to show that the transition to a climate-resilient and low-GHG agriculture is feasible and already underway by showcasing existing solutions. Parties, organisations, and businesses will announce concrete, ambitious, multi-stakeholder initiatives to be included in the LPAA Learn more

One of the highlights will be the launch of "4/1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate" Learn more 

JRC and CEPI/ICFPA Event:"Assessing transparency and ambition in the land use sector" Learn more

Wednesday 2 December

Farmers Day Learn more

"Colombia's climate strategies: mitigation, adaptation, Amazon Vision and linkages with agriculture" Learn more

Friday 4 December

Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) Focus Day Learn more

Saturday 5 December and Sunday 6 December

Global Landscapes Forum Learn more

This includes:

"Shaping sustainable supply chains of the future: How to create links between smallholder farmers, companies sourcing raw materials, and the environment" Learn more

"Side event: From farmers' fields to landscapes: Food security in a new climate regime?" Learn more

Monday 7 December
"Metrics of progress towards net zero and the two degree goal: science for a safe climate" Learn more

Tuesday 8 December
CCAC High Level Assembly Learn more

Wednesday 9 December
"Agriculture in a Post-Kyoto Terrain" Learn more

Thursday 10 December
"Carbon sequestration and agriculture" Learn more

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