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CONSOLE contractual solutions & the new CAP

The EU project CONSOLE organised on 2nd december 2021 an online training on "innovative contractual solutions & the new CAP”.


CONSOLE logoThe EU project CONSOLE aims to investigate and further develop novel contractual solutions for environment, nature and climate protection in agriculture.


On 2nd of December, The Console project and AREFLH held an online training on  “ innovative contractual solutions & the new CAP"

During the training, Prof. Davide Viaggi, project coordinator, presented the Console project and new contract solutions for the improvement of the public goods from agriculture :

  • 1) result-based approaches, i.e. payments based on performance or output, in contrast to practice-based or input-based approaches
  • 2) collective implementation of practices where different farmers, or farmers and other actors, collaborate in producing one or more AECPGs
  • 3) value chain and private-public solutions for the valorisation of AECPGs through the market.
  • 4) specific environmental-related tenure contracts

In addition, the results of surveys on the four types of contact solutions were presented.

At the end of the session, some lessons learned from the surveys were explained, such as:

there is no standard recipe;

  • learning process;
  • the importance of the legal context (from local to international);
  • the importance of technological aspects (e.g. for monitoring);
  • opportunities from the implementation of the new CAP.


Later in the training, Theresa Eichhorn, from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, explained the case study "The Humus-Program of the ÖkoregionKaindorf" in Austria, regarding the carbon solution in the context of the result-based contract solutions. The main objectives of humus accumulation and soil carbon sequestration: higher soil fertility; keeping the soil in place; climate change mitigation through CO2 fixation etc.


Furthermore, Théophlye Mini-Harvad from Carbonapp presented the remuneration of carbon sequestration in France, how voluntary offsetting takes place in France and the eligibility criteria as well as the remuneration per 1 tonne of CO2.

The last presentation concerned the echo schemes in the post-2022 CAP and were presented by Dr Tania Runge from the Thuenen – Institute, who gave a historical overview of the new CAP reform 2023-2027. She explained the new green architecture Interrelationships between cross-compliance, ecological schemes and Agri-environment climate measures (AECM) and finally she explained the proposals of eco-systems discussed at the national level such as: in Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Poland, Bulgaria etc.

The main objective of the training was to inform AREFLH members and its wider network about the thematic of the project. The training was an opportunity to exchange ideas and problems in the fruit and vegetable sector and to foster the dissemination of solutions by strengthening collaboration. The idea of this digital event was also to provide more information tools for our members to facilitate their work and meet the upcoming challenges in agriculture. 

The presentations of the online training will be published on the website of the CONSOLE project

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