The general aim of the project is implementation of innovative climate change mitigation measures in management of nutrient-rich organic soils in cool & TCM climate region to contribute to the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change Paris agreement (Paris agreement further in text), EU policies (e.g. Regulation (EU) 2018/841 on Inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry in the 2030 climate and energy framework, LULUCF regulation further in text) and national climate policy targets in post-2020 commitment period by reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cropland, grassland and forest land on nutrient-rich organic soils.

The aim of the project will be reached by improving the knowledge base, enhancing the capacity to apply the knowledge in practice and demonstration of the climate-smart management approaches in Baltic States and Finland for implementation of the EU commitments under the Paris agreement and provision of transferable and replicable tools for elaboration, implementation and verification of the post-2020 climate strategies and action plans.

The following specific project objectives have been set out:

1) to improve the GHG accounting methods and activity data for nutrient-rich organic soils under conventional management conditions;

2) to identify and to demonstrate sustainable, resilient and cost-effective climate change mitigation measures applicable in nutrient-rich organic soils;

3) to provide tools and guidance for elaboration, implementation and verification of results of the climate change mitigation policies.

The project will improve the knowledge base for the implementation, quantitative assessment, monitoring and evaluation of the most effective climate change mitigation measures for managed organic soils and will enhance the capacity of national and local authorities to apply obtained knowledge in practice in the TCMcool & climate region. The project will facilitate the development and implementation of integrated and cross-sectoral approaches in LULUCF and agriculture sector for climate-friendly management of nutrients-rich drained organic soils through the climate change mitigation strategies and action plans at local, national and regional level. The project will also contribute to the identification, verification and demonstration of innovative climate change mitigation technologies, systems, methods and instruments that are suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed for management of organic soils in the whole cool & TCM climate region. The project will also strengthen the capacity of national GHG inventory teams and develop bilateral and regional channels of the GHG accounting, projections and mitigation related information exchange.