We are pleased to publish our C-AGG Annual Report 2016 – 2017 highlighting C-AGG’s accomplishments over the last year. Our community has grown considerably since we started in 2009; we now have over 150 participating organizations who value our work as a convening authority and in capacity-building, tool and decision support system development, carbon market methodology development and updates, and insights into how sub-national and national policies can impact developing carbon and ecosystem service markets.
With recent developments in California’s cap-and-trade program, the continued evolution of agricultural offset protocols in Ontario and Quebec and in voluntary carbon markets, and the growth of strong supply chain initiatives such as Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, we are engaged in and following many exciting opportunities relevant to our work.
Through our three national level meetings and two workshops this year and our extensive communications and outreach, we’ve continued to build a strong institutional foundation of knowledge, practices, skillsets, tools and expertise in agricultural GHG that enables continual progress and capacity-building across our participants and stakeholders.
Internationally, we are re-engaging in the UNFCCCC process. After receiving UNFCCC NGO observer status earlier this year, we participated in the May 2017 Intersessional meetings in Bonn, and will participate in the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP) negotiations in November 2017 as well. We are committed to creating a forum to showcase the successes and contributions of US agriculture and agricultural supply chain partners in reducing GHG emissions, increasing beneficial carbon storage, and becoming more sustainable.
As US consumers continue to demand and expect more from the agricultural sector, we will continue to help create the tools, programs, and market opportunities as well as inform the policies needed to adopt climate smart agricultural approaches that reduce GHG and improve societal and on-farm economic and environmental outcomes. We will also continue to share the successes and challenges of these approaches across the US and internationally and thank you for your support over the last year.