Smart Carbon Farming Conference

Boosting Climate-Sustainable Agriculture in Europe

Welcome to the Life Agromitiga Project’ Smart Carbon Farming Conference!

We are thrilled to invite you to be part of a transformative initiative aimed at decoupling CO 2 emissions from using raw materials and natural resources. The Life Agromitiga project focuses on implementing innovative agricultural practices, such as Conservation Agriculture (CA), to enhance soil mitigation capacity through carbon sequestration, particularly in the European soils within the Mediterranean Basin.

Our upcoming conference is a unique platform that brings together farmers, policymakers, universities, research centres, and various stakeholders. Together, we aim to exchange valuable insights and recent experiences in carbon farming, fostering discussions on the pivotal role of carbon farming in Europe’s climate change mitigation strategy.

Under the theme “Boosting Sustainable Climate Agriculture in Europe,” this conference will delve into the pressing challenges faced by European agriculture, with a special emphasis on the Mediterranean regions. Our goal is to explore and provide practical solutions that ensure the resilience of the agricultural sector in light of the evolving climate scenario.

We warmly invite you to join us in this engaging dialogue, where your input will play a crucial role in shaping alternative pathways for success in the race towards climate change mitigation. Let’s come together, share knowledge, and contribute to building a more sustainable future for European agriculture.
See you at the conference!

The event will be held in person and transmitted via streaming.
All attendees will be provided refreshments and lunch (limited seats available).

Deadline for registration
Sunday 28th January 2024

Date and time
Thu, 1 February 2024
9:00 – 17:00 CET

Mundo Madou, Artemisa meeting room (
Av. des Arts 7/8
1210 Brussels

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional queries:
Beatriz Agüera ( / Julio Román – Vázquez (

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8:15 - 9:00


9:00 - 9:15

Welcome address
Gottlieb Basch. President of ECAF. Full Professor. University of Évora (Portugal).

SESSION 1 Key Presentations

Moderator: Gottlieb Basch.  ECAF-UEvora (Portugal)

9:15 - 9:45

What can carbon farming do for European environmental and climate change deals?
Valeria Forlin. Policy officer, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission

9:45 -10:15

Development of Climate Change mitigation Strategies through Smart-Carbon agriculture. Outcomes from the LIFE Agromitiga project.
Emilio J. González-Sánchez. Associate Professor, ETSIAM, University of Cordoba (Spain) - Secretary general of ECAF

10:15 - 10:45

Coffee break


Moderator: Emilio J. González Sánchez. ETSIAM/UCO (Spain) – ECAF

10:45 - 12:00

Panel discussion:
Successful Experiences in Carbon Farming. The view of LIFE Agromitiga farmers.
Miguel Barnuevo. Spanish farmer
Vassilis Christoforakis. Greek Farmer
Gabriela Cruz. Portuguese Farmer
Paolo Primieri. Director Opera Pia Mastai Ferretti Farm (Italy)

12:00 - 12:30

Opportunities for Carbon Farming in national policies. The Spanish case
Blanca Ojosnegros Gozalo. Attaché for Agriculture, Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU

12:30 - 14:00



Moderator: John Geragthy. SETU University (Ireland)

14:00 -15:00

The role of science in finding innovative and efficient solutions to mitigate climate change.
Amir Kassam. Visiting Professor at School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, United Kingdom.
Agnieszka Romanowicz. Deputy Head of Unit, D1 - LIFE
Energy + LIFE Climate. CINEA. European Commission

15:00- 16:00

Round table:
Private sector contribution to Carbon Farming.
Ivo Hostens. Technical Director at the European Association for the Agricultural Machinery Industry (CEMA)
Dominik Klauser. Director Regenerative Agriculture, SAI Platform
Hinse Boonstra. Public Affairs Manager, Bayer Crop Science

16:00 -16:15

Coffee Break


Moderator: José Fernando Robles del Salto. ASAJA Sevilla (Spain)

16:15 -16:45

Opportunities for farmers in Carbon Markets.
Irene de Tovar. Senior Policy Advisor on Environment, Climate, and Sustainability. COPA-COGECA
Mats Rosenberg. Carbosuelo

16:45 - 17:00

Julio Román Vázquez. Project Manager. ECAF