Roberto García. UJA

Carbon farming, a sustainable agricultural practice designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance carbon sequestration, has become an increasingly prominent strategy in recent years. This approach is particularly significant for woody crops like olive groves, which have substantial long-term potential as carbon sinks, making them crucial to carbon farming efforts. However, various olive cropping models exist, and their contributions to carbon farming vary widely.

In this presentation, I will explore carbon balances at the farm, tree, and soil levels across diverse agronomic olive orchards throughout the Mediterranean basin. By combining these carbon balances with CO2 emissions data from farming operations, the presentation aims to determine the extent to which olive cultivation contributes to carbon farming and climate change mitigation. Additionally, we will identify the economic and technical management practices that are most effective in enhancing soil organic carbon accumulation.