Last Friday, on 18 November 2022, the MACSUR Science-Policy Knowledge Forum (MACSUR SciPol) held its end-term meeting in an online workshop. Prof.Katharina Helming (ZALF),Heather McKhann(FACCE-JPI) welcomed 40 participants from science, policy, funding and science-policy experts to the online workshop.
The key activities, outcomes, implementation lessons on communication with policy-makers and the usability of scientific evidence were discussed. The core output of the pilot is an enhanced capacity of both researchers and policy-makers through the provision of science-based answers to policy via exemple cases on mitigation and adaptation measures, their impact, synergies, and trade-offs.
The follow up SciPol project is currently being discussed and may focus on topics such as carbon farming and farm-level accounting.
The lessons learnt and suggestions for future directions for the science-policy interface in agri-food sector in Europe will be published in a series of policy briefs. The first two, one giving an overview of European climate policies relevant for agriculture and the other on the trade-offs and synergies between soil management, climate change mitigation and agri-food productivity are available to download below.