Pink footed geese Anser brachyrhyncus, in flight past wind turbines, Near Diepholz, Lower Saxony, Germany,

Tackling climate change

The changing climate is a major threat to the natural world and one of the key challenges facing agriculture.

The farming sector must make its contribution to reducing the net emission of greenhouse gases whilst also addressing the need for adaptation (reducing the risks of the effects of the changing climate). 

A major threat

Given the range of environmental challenges we are facing, it's critical that steps to tackle climate change form part of an integrated approach to making the agricultural sector more sustainable, and to restoring and safeguarding the natural resources on which we all depend.  

Land managers have a central role to play in securing important carbon-rich soils such as peatlands, wetlands and unimproved grasslands. Measures need to be taken to benefit wildlife, while also reducing emissions and helping the natural world adapt to unavoidable climate change. 

Policies need to support these changes. However, they can also encourage inappropriate approaches instead, which could increase overall emissions or make the natural world and agriculture less resilient to the changing climate.

RSPB Forsinard Flows; view from visitor trail, including snow-capped Ben Griam, Highland, Scotland