The challenge is to position agriculture to further reduce GHG emissions without compromising competitiveness or its ability to meet growing global food demand


Reasons to attend this course

Better understand the sources and drivers controlling GHG emissions from cropping systems.
Gain an insight on GHG mitigation options and their socio-economic assessment.
Learn about criteria for designing and improving national inventories.
Have an overview of state-of-the-art methods for measuring GHG emissions and soil C changes.
Improve skills in the use of simulation models and tools for estimating GHG emissions and soil C changes at different scales.
Obtain a holistic view of available tools to support informed decision making.
Network with professionals from other countries and share knowledge on GHG assessment and mitigation in agriculture.


Applied approach (lectures, practical work & debate)

10 leading international experts

Course given in English, Spanish and French with interpretation


  • 1. Context
    • 1.1. Status of Climate Change and potential role of agriculture to meet Paris Agreement expectations
    • 1.2. Meeting sustainable intensification with Nationally Determined Contribution targets
  • 2. Sources and drivers controlling GHG emissions at different scales: from the soil aggregate to the agri-food system
    • 2.1. Main processes underlying emissions of CO2, N2O, CH4
    • 2.2. The soil-plant-atmosphere system and its relationship with the C-N cycle components
    • 2.3. Basic concepts for estimating GHG emission and removals from agriculture and from land use
  • 3. Mitigation options for cropping systems. Examples
    • 3.1. Main factors controlling emissions and effect of agricultural management practices
    • 3.2. Options for reducing non-CO2 GHG emissions
    • 3.3. Options for reducing non-biogenic GHG emissions
    • 3.4. Options for reducing indirect GHG emissions (NO3- leaching, NH3 and NOx)
    • 3.5. Enhancing CO2 removals
  • 4. Reporting National GHG Inventories
    • 4.1. The importance of the National Inventories
    • 4.2. IPCC-based methods
    • 4.3. New 2019 IPCC inventory guidelines
    • 4.4. Overcoming drawbacks, limitations and uncertainties in different national conditions
    • 4.5. Improving national inventories - an introduction
    • 4.6. Practical work based on a case study
  • 5. Improving GHG estimations and National GHG Inventories
    • 5.1. Measuring agricultural GHG emissions and SOC changes at field scale
      • 5.1.1. Methodological challenges: spatial/temporal variability, sampling issues, etc.
      • 5.1.2. Overview of field and laboratory methods: limitations and opportunities
      • 5.1.3. Low cost procedures and new developments
    • 5.2. Process-based modelling approaches: overview, data requirement, limitations and opportunities, applications
      • 5.2.1. Field-scale models for GHG estimation
      • 5.2.2. Life cycle analysis (LCA)
      • 5.2.3. Regional and global models
      • 5.2.4. Challenges of scaling up (or down) in the models
      • 5.2.5. Practical work
        • Field-scale process-based models
        • LCA
  • 6. Socio-economic assessment of GHG mitigation
    • 6.1. The marginal abatement cost curve methodology (MACC)
      • 6.1.1. Key steps of the process
      • 6.1.2. Examples from different countries
    • 6.2. Barriers for mitigation implementation
    • 6.3. Debate on how MACC can help decision making
  • 7. Decision-making oriented tools
    • 7.1. Decision support systems
    • 7.2. User-friendly tools
    • 7.3. Open-access databases
  • 8. Round table discussion
    • 8.1. Priorities on GHG research
    • 8.2. How to incentivize the implementation of mitigation measures

Train at an outstanding international institution


For participation in the course programme lectures and practicals, candidates can apply online at the following address:

The course is targeted to professionals with a university degree, and is specially oriented towards public and private planners and decision makers, technical advisors, agronomists, environmentalists and R&D professionals involved in the management of the environmental effects of agriculture in a context of climate change.

The course will be held at IAMZ-CIHEAM in Zaragoza from 28 September to 2 October 2020.
Application deadlines:

  • 13 January 2020 - if you need a visa or intend to apply for a grant to attend the course. The deadline will be extended for candidates not applying for a grant and not requiring a visa while places are available.

Registration fees for the course amount to 500 euro. This sum covers tuition fees only.
Candidates from Mediterranean CIHEAM member countries may apply for scholarships covering registration fees and for scholarships covering the cost of travel and full board accommodation. Candidates from other countries who require financial support should apply directly to other national or international institutions.

It is compulsory for participants to have medical insurance valid for Spain. Proof of insurance cover must be given at the beginning of the course. Those who so wish may participate in a collective insurance policy taken out by the Organisation, upon payment of the stipulated sum.

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza

Av. MontaƱana 1005, 50059 Zaragoza, Spain

+34 976716000

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