According to FAO estimations, livestock value chains are responsible for 14.5 % of all anthropogenic GHG emissions, most being produced by livestock production systems


Key reasons to attend this course

increase your understanding on how to estimate the environmental impact of different types of livestock farming systems and mitigation measures
know the sources and drivers controlling main emissions in livestock farming systems;
improve skills on tools for modelling C, N and P emissions at farm/local/regional scale;
learn different techniques to measure emissions in livestock farming systems;
develop a critical perspective on mitigation strategies and their technical and economic feasibility.
network with professionals from other countries and share knowledge on how to assess the environmental impact of different livestock production systems and strengthen cooperation to address current production and environmental issues.


Álvaro, Jorge – CSIC, Estación Experimental de Aula Dei (EAAD), Spain
Del Prado, Agustin – BC3, Basque Centre for Climate Change, Spain
Eory, Vera – SRUC, Scotland's Rural College, UK
Estellés, Fernando – Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
Hassouna, Melynda – INRAE, Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement, France
Klumpp, Katja – INRAE, Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement, France
Mottet, Anne – FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization, Italy
Pardo, Guillermo - BC3, Basque Centre for Climate Change, Spain

Applied approach
(lectures, practical group work, technical visits, case studies & debate)

8 Leading international experts

Face-to-face or on-line participation


  • 0. Welcome and Introduction (course, speakers, programme) (2.5 hours)
    • 0.1. Discussion based on the situation, perspectives and challenges in participants’ countries
  • 1. Livestock and climate change, sector trends, contribution to C, N and P emissions and mitigation strategies at global and regional levels. GHG impacts and emission sources in livestock production systems (1.5 hours)
  • 2. C, N and P fluxes in livestock systems (2 hours)
  • 3. Modelling and measuring emissions (17 hours)
    • 3.1. Modelling or measuring?
    • 3.2. Models to estimate emissions in livestock production systems
      • 3.2.1. Farm scale models
      • 3.2.2. System-National-Regional scale models
      • 3.2.3. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach
      • 3.2.4. Practical work
        • Estimating and comparing emissions at farm scale using models
        • Estimating and comparing emissions at System-National-Regional scale using the GLEAM-i model
    • 3.3. Measuring nutrient fluxes
      • 3.3.1. Field scale
      • 3.3.2. Farm scale
      • 3.3.3. Animal scale
      • 3.3.4. Manure scale
      • 3.3.5. Technical visit: Measuring devices at field, animal and farm scale
  • 4. Mitigation options. Technical and economic feasibility (5 hours)
    • 4.1. Feed
    • 4.2. Animal
    • 4.3. Manure
    • 4.4. System
    • 4.5. Practical work: Evaluate mitigation options at farm level using models
  • 5. Economic implications and decision-making at farm scale (2 hours)
  • 6. Conclusion and lessons learnt (1 hour)

Train at an outstanding international institution


The course is designed for professionals with a university degree, and 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.

  • 20 places will be available for face-to-face participation (lectures, practical works and technical visits)
  • 30 places will be available for on-line participation (lectures).
  • Candidates may apply on-line at the following
  • Applications must include the curriculum vitae and a copy of the support documents most related to the subject of the course.
  • Applications are open from 16 September to 23 October 2022.
  • Applications from candidates requiring authorization to attend the course may be accepted provisionally.
  • Registration fees for the course amount to 500 euro for face-to-face participation and 400 euro for online participation. This sum covers tuition fees only.

Candidates from CIHEAM member countries, FAO member countries, and institutions of GRA member countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia may apply for scholarships covering registration fees. In some cases scholarships may cover the cost of travel and full board accommodation. If you wish to request a scholarship, please complete the relevant section when you make your online application to participate in the course.

Candidates from other countries who require financial support should apply directly to other national or international institutions.

It is compulsory for participants in face-to-face modality 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 Organization, upon payment of the stipulated sum.

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Av. Montañana 1005, 50059 Zaragoza, Spain

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