Building momentum and trust to achieve credible soil carbon farming in the EU

The main goal of the CREDIBLE project is to build momentum and trust for the implementation of carbon farming in the EU. This is being achieved by setting up and moderating a network of projects and stakeholders for favouring transparency, environmental integrity, and methodology standardisation in soil carbon accounting. Such a network will be responsible for pushing forward multiple discussions (articulated around three main themes: which practises; what standards; how to monitor) and is expected to evolve from a mostly technical/scientific network at the onset of the project, into a process catalysing policy making and business innovation toward its end. The transparent, open access, multi actor dialogues required to build trust and co-create solutions will be orchestrated around three annual European Carbon Farming Summits, which will present opportunities for the network to interact with the broader stakeholder community and grow to the point it would attract further fundings for long term sustainability. Through the action, four specific objectives will be achieved: O1) to build and disseminate a practical toolbox for promoting carbon farming, capable of taking into account local land uses, best practices, and multi-actor interests; O2) to identify options for benchmarking and selecting standards, certification mechanisms, and policy instruments for carbon farming; O3) to favour the establishment of a network of soil carbon data collectors and repositories to improve measuring and monitoring carbon dynamics; O4) to build up processes and tools to drive conversations for the upscaling of carbon farming. CREDIBLE's ambition is to support the European Commission and the Expert Group on Carbon Removal in the identification and upscale of solutions for soil carbon farming.