Through our two-annual meetings, communications and outreach, as well as specific projects and programs, C-AGG works to build a strong institutional foundation of knowledge, practices, skill sets, tools and expertise that enables progress and capacity building ahead of and within traditional drivers and policies, including cap-and-trade programs, regulations, and voluntary and compliance carbon and environmental service markets. This foundational expertise and capacity-building is a proven asset as additional critical drivers and policies regarding agricultural sector and land-based GHG mitigation are appearing in the international and North American landscapes, leading to the recognition of C-AGG as a valuable forum that provides expertise and a growing community where collaboration develops solutions.
Nationally, C-AGG has a rich and long-standing public/private partnership with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), including with USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. C-AGG acts as a coordinator and a convener for the three 2015 cohorts of USDA CIGs, including the GHG CIGs, the Innovation Conservation Finance Network of CIGS, and the Environmental Market CIGs.
In California, C-AGG has fostered and enabled significant progress in agricultural sector GHG mitigation opportunities in both voluntary and the CA compliance market, particularly by supporting the development of agricultural protocols and methodologies. Apart from a ‘point-source’ methane biodigester methodology, non-point source methodologies and protocols for the agricultural sector largely did not exist before C-AGG began hosting a collaborative forum through which virtually all of the approved agricultural protocols used in the US have been developed.
Internationally, C-AGG began working in Brazil in 2014 and in 2017, began work in India. A C-AGG delegation embarked on its first trip to Brazil to explore collaborative opportunities in support of incentivizing agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation activities. Through direct engagement with members of the agricultural sector, NGOs, government agencies, financial institutions and the private sector in multiple trips to Brazil, C-AGG’s Brazil delegation has established collaborative relations and opportunities to share collective knowledge and experience in agricultural GHG mitigation opportunities.
In 2017, C-AGG partnered with Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI) and the Government of Andhra Pradesh (AP) in India to host high-level meetings and a technical workshop on “Building Capacity to Measure Climate Change Impacts due to Changes in Agricultural Practices”. A delegation from C-AGG traveled to Vijayawada, AP in November 2017 to host the meetings which were designed to build and enhance the capacity of stakeholders and project partners to assess and track progress on the adoption of practices in Andhra Pradesh to achieve agricultural adaptation, mitigation, and resilience to climate change, and to transfer knowledge to assess necessary steps to develop a scalable, cost-effective system to measure or estimate changes in agricultural GHG emissions and other parameters as identified.