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EU-Canada dialogue on sustainability, environmental stewardship and climate action in agriculture

Farmers are on the front lines of climate change, facing increased risk of wildfires and extreme weather events, such as floods and droughts. They are also a key part of the solution, able to sequester carbon, ensure healthy soils, and help protect our natural environments. Under the Farm to Fork strategy and relative initiatives, the European Union aims at ensuring that agriculture contributes to combatting climate change and is sustainable for future generations. Those challenges transcend European borders and have to be addressed on an international level.

On 15 June 2021, at the EU-Canada Summit, EU and Canada leaders remarked that “under CETA, Canada and the EU cooperate to address climate change and other global environmental challenges”. They officially launched “a series of joint events to promote sustainability, environmental stewardship and climate action in agriculture”, within the framework of the Agriculture Dialogue under the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Through these joint events, the EU and Canada will exchange ideas and best practices on a number of topics, such as soil health, greenhouse gas reduction in livestock, organic farming, better use of fertilisers and sustainable crop protection. Workshops dedicated to each topic will centre around the policy context (outlining problems, challenges, ambitions, actions) and showcase current best practices as well as research and innovation efforts on both sides aimed at finding solutions to address these topics. Policymakers, farmers, researchers and representatives of EU Member States and Canadian provinces and territories will take part in events extending over two years, with a final report from each workshop feeding into a wrap-up event for the project.

The results of each workshop will be available, below: