Livestock occupies 30% of the global land area and contributes 80% of all agriculture’s direct emissions


Key reasons to attend this course

Better understanding of the sources and drivers controlling GHG emissions from livestock systems
An overview of state-of-the-art methods for measuring GHG emissions and soil carbon changes.
Improved skills in the use of guidelines and tools for estimating GHG emissions and soil carbon changes at different scales and assessing mitigation options.
Critical perspective on mitigation and adaptation strategies and their socioeconomic assessment.
A holistic view of available tools to support informed decision making.


Flexible schedule due to self-study approach based on video recorded lectures

Live sessions for questions and interaction with lecturers

8 leading international experts

Course in English, with interpretation into Spanish and French


  • 0. Welcome by the organizing institutions and presentation of the programme
  • 1. Context (live session)
    • 1.1. Livestock and climate change: sector trends, contribution to Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions and mitigation strategies at global and regional levels
    • 1.2. Climate change scenarios, impacts on Mediterranean livestock and adaptation strategies
    • 1.3. Potential role of livestock to meet Paris Agreement expectations under Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (COP23 2017)
    • 1.4. Discussion based on the situation, perspectives and challenges in participants’ countries
  • 2. Greenhouse gases from livestock systems
    • 2.1. Livestock systems, components and interactions
    • 2.2. Emitting processes
      • 2.2.1. Direct emissions: enteric fermentation, agricultural soils and manure management
      • 2.2.2. Indirect emission: feed production, energy used on- and off-farm
      • 2.2.3. Carbon emissions and removals
  • 3. Main strategies for mitigation
    • 3.1. Productivity gains and efficiency
    • 3.2. Better integration of livestock in circular bioeconomy
    • 3.3. Enhancing carbon sinks/offsets
    • 3.4. Practical work on the estimation of soil carbon sequestration
    • 3.5. Direct mitigation and optional technologies
    • 3.6. Demand-side approaches
  • 4. Reporting National GHG Inventories
    • 4.1. IPCC National GHG inventories and methodologies and how to improve them
    • 4.2. New 2019 IPCC inventories guidelines
    • 4.3. Practical work on inventories
      • 4.3.1. Livestock GHG National Inventories: basic calculation of Tier I emissions based on a country case
      • 4.3.2. Calculating CH4 from slurry systems using new IPCC 2019 spreadsheet
  • 5. Improving GHG estimations and National GHG Inventories
    • 5.1. Measuring and monitoring livestock GHG emissions and sinks
      • 5.1.1. What should we measure and why?
      • 5.1.2. Methodological challenges: spatial/temporal variability, sampling issues, uncertainty, etc.
      • 5.1.3. Review of field and laboratory methods: limitations and opportunities. Low cost procedures and new developments
      • 5.1.4. Data collection, management, standardization and reporting
    • 5.2. Modelling approaches for assessing GHG emissions and mitigation measures at different scales
      • 5.2.1. What should we model and why?
      • 5.2.2. Types of models: overview, data requirement, limitations and opportunities, applications and outputs
      • 5.2.3. Life cycle assessment (LCA): products footprints
      • 5.2.4. Practical work on modelling: Global to subnational scale and LCA approach – FAO Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model interactive (GLEAM-i)
  • 6. Climate change adaptation strategies for livestock
    • 6.1. Review of impact and existing adaptation strategies/options by regions and production systems
    • 6.2. How to include livestock in National Adaptation Plans?
    • 6.3. Case study on responses to drought (early warning systems, index-based approach and feed emergency)
    • 6.4. The issue of establishing feed balances
    • 6.5. Synergies and trade-offs between mitigation and adaptation measures. Examples of successful practices
    • 6.6. Discussion on climate change adaptation opportunities
  • 7. Socio-economic assessments and policies
    • 7.1. The marginal abatement cost curve methodology (MACC)
      • 7.1.1. Key steps of the process
      • 7.1.2. Examples from different countries
    • 7.2. Adaptation cost curves
    • 7.3. Accounting for multi-functionality
    • 7.4. Policy mechanisms available to address livestock and climate change issues
  • 8. Round table discussion (live session)
    • 8.1. Priorities on knowledge for mitigation and adaptation
    • 8.2. Barriers for mitigation and adaptation implementation in Mediterranean countries
    • 8.3. How to incentivize the implementation of mitigation and adaptation measures

Train at an outstanding international institution


If you wish to participate in the course, apply online at the following address:

The course is designed for 30 professionals with a university degree, and is specially oriented towards public and private planners and decision makers, technical advisors, livestock producers, environmentalists and R&D professionals involved in the management of the environmental consequences of livestock farming in a context of climate change. technical advisors, livestock producers, environmentalists and R&D professionals involved in the management of the environmental consequences of livestock farming in a context of climate change.

The course is offered online, combining live streaming sessions and personal work with supporting material
Application deadlines:

  • Application deadline: 14 September 2020. The deadline may be extended for candidates not applying for a grant if there are free places available

Registration fees for the course amount to 200 euro.
Candidates from Mediterranean CIHEAM member countries, institutions of GRA member countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, FAO member countries, and ICARDA Middle East and North Africa partners may apply for scholarships covering registration fees.
Candidates from other countries who require financial support should apply directly to other national or international institutions..

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza

Av. Montañana 1005, 50059 Zaragoza, Spain

+34 976716000

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