As agroforestry is growing, there is something that farmers, landowners, and other industry professionals can do to save the environment. Not only will they help the environment, but will also feel the benefits in the form of income.
DGB directly finances agroforestry projects throughout Europe. Our philosophy is to realize sustainable ecosystems and allow farmers to support the initial costs of planting trees, ensuring food autonomy and income opportunities over time. Are you a land owner? We can assist you with a number of methods aimed at sequestering carbon.
Lately, some of the more developed countries have been trying to find solutions for the excessive release of greenhouse gasses, by limiting all relevant industries on the number of gasses they can release during production. Since the Kyoto Protocol went into effect in 2005, over 190 countries worldwide have pledged to find ways to reduce GHG emissions. Moreover, if a certain company releases more GHG emissions (such as carbon dioxide) than the allowed quantity, they have to pay carbon taxes. Some companies buy carbon offsets to continue production, while others take the alternative route, i.e. actions for forestation or some kind of eco-friendly process to supplement the release of GHGs.
Plants working on electricity are not that likely to reduce their gas emissions, unlike agricultural businesses. The latter can do it in a much cheaper way, and with little to no effort. Stocking rates, and with it carbon emissions, can be reduced by consequently reducing tillage production.
Carbon offsetting becomes effective when farmers with large lands capture and store GHG emissions. This allows for decreased fertilization costs, saving on and reducing harmful consumption of fuel, produce biofuels for part of the machinery using their own feedstock, or acquire additional financial aid for various grazing programs.
Sequestration is a type of a process that farmers or ranchers or landowners can use to store gas emissions more effectively. There are multiple types of sequestration, the most important one being biological sequestration. In short, it's a procedure that uses the characteristics of plants to catch gas emissions. For example, some available lands can be planted with trees or plants so that they can fertilize the soil, clean the air and water and with it, make the land grow into a forest or woodland.
There is another solution that is characterized as a '2 in 1' program, meaning it both reduces and sequesters GHG emissions, also known as stocking rates. Still, some of these mentioned activities previously, are more on the high-cost side, and the producers might need to be in a better financial situation or ask for financial aid, to be able to incorporate them.
DGB believes in the careful integration of trees into the landscape for shelter, wind control and conservation. We encourage landowners to plant trees to develop carbon sinks that complement their business outcomes. We assist land owners in environmental planting, agroforestry and forestry management. This plays an important role in building landscape resilience, supporting on-farm income and reducing the impacts on nature by improving the microclimate for the benefit of animals, pastures and crops.