Land use change and optimization to mitigate climate change

The debate on climate change in agriculture has been lively in recent years. Finland’s carbon neutrality target by 2035 requires emission reduction measures from all sectors and a national emission reduction target has also been accepted for agriculture. However, there are still obstacles to emissions reduction.

How will agriculture and the land use sector reduce greenhouse gases without harming biodiversity? How do farmer’s costs and returns stay in balance in the midst of change? How are decisions made in close cooperation with farmers so the implementation of climate action at farm level is straightforward? These issues have been studied in the OPAL-Life project, which started in 2015, and over the years has produced a large amount of research related to climate change in agricultural sector.

Welcome to OPAL-Life final webinar!

Registration by 11th of February:

More information about the event: Elina Nurmi,

Seminar program


13:00   Opening words. Executive Vice President, Research, Antti Asikainen, Natural Resources Institute Finland

13:05   Sustainability – one word with many dimensions in agriculture. Professor Pirjo Peltonen-Sainio, Natural Resources Institute Finland

13:25   Roadmap for the green transition in agriculture. Professor Jörgen E. Olesen, Aarhus University

13:45   Climate change mitigation options in hemiboreal Baltic. Senior researcher Andis Lazdiņš, Latvian State Forest Research Institute. LIFE OrgBalt project

14:05   Social acceptance of climate action in agriculture – psychological viewpoints. Researcher Jaana Sorvali, Natural Resources Institute Finland

14:25   Extensification and afforestation of cultivated mineral soil for climate change mitigation in Finland. Researcher Boris Tupek, Natural Resources Institute Finland

14:45   Land use changes and biodiversity. Juha Tiainen

15:05   Remote sensing as a data source for crop and soil monitoring. Researcher Roope Näsi, National Land Survey of Finland

15:25   Improved farm economy and sustainability. Professor Heikki Lehtonen, Natural Resources Institute Finland

15:45   Question & comments for all presenters

16:00   Closing the seminar




Funded by European Commission LIFE programme,

(LIFE14 CCM/FI/000254).