Three main axes are developed in this research initiative:
1/ Greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation options in agricultural sectors: the cases of France and China
2/ Multi-criteria evaluation of GHG mitigation projects: application to forestry, biofuels and agricultural projects.
3/ Soil uses and interconnections between agriculture and forests
Given the considerable part played by agriculture in producing GHG emissions and the need to feed the world’s population, how can these two be effectively reconciled?
Forests provide numerous ecosystem services and socio-economic co-benefits, while agriculture provides food and biomass. What synergies and trade-offs are there between these different ecosystem services and the fight against climate change?
Important short-term (price) and long-term (development) interactions shape the trade-offs between agriculture and forests, and determine possible ecological and economic tensions. How are these tensions to be assessed and eased? What potential synergies does agroforestry provide?