Strategies for greenhouse gas emissions mitigation in Mediterranean agriculture: a review

A. Sanz-Cobeña, L. Lassaletta, E. Aguilera, A. del Prado, J. Garnier, G. Billen, A. Iglesias, B. Sánchez, G. Guardia, D. Abalos, D. Plaza-Bonilla, I. Puigdueta, R. Moral, E. Galan, H. Arriaga, P Merino, J. Infante-Amate, A. Meijide, G. Pardo, J. Alvaro-FuentesC. Gilsanz, D. Báez, J Doltra, S. González-Ubierna, M. L. Cayuela, S. Menendez, E. Diaz-Pines, J. Le-Noe, M. Quemada, F. Estellés, S. Calvet, H. van Grinsven, H Westhoek, M J Sanz, B. Sánchez-Jimeno, A. Vallejo, P. Smith

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In this review we aimed to synthetize and analyze the most promising GHGs mitigation strategies for Mediterranean cropping systems. A description of most relevant measures, based on the best crop choice and management by farmers (i.e., agronomical practices), was firstly carried out. Many of these measures can be also efficient in other climatic regions, but here we provide particular results and discussion of their efficiencies for Mediterranean cropping systems. An integrated assessment of management practices on mitigating each component of the global warming potential (N2O and CH4 emissions and C sequestration) of production systems considering potential side-effects of their implementation allowed us to propose the best strategies to abate GHG emissions, while sustaining crop yields and mitigating other sources of environmental pollution (e.g. nitrate leaching and ammonia volatilization).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-24
Number of pages20
JournalAgriculture Ecosystems & Environment
Early online date5 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017

Bibliographical note

The authors would like to thank the Spanish National R+D+i Plan (AGL2012-37815-C05-01, AGL2012-37815-C05-04) and very specifically the workshop held in December 2016 in Butrón (Bizkaia) to synthesize the most promising measures to reduce N2O emissions from Spanish agricultural soils. BC3 is sponsored by the Basque Government. M. L. Cayuela thanks Fundación Seneca for financing the project 19281/PI/14. This paper has been produced within the context of the REMEDIA network:


  • cropping systems
  • GHG
  • mitigation
  • Mediterranean climate
  • review


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