GOC and EPAA partner for new P.E.I. living lab
August 30, 2023 By Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
On Aug. 24, while visiting the Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation, Lawrence MacAulay, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food, announced the creation of a new living lab in Prince Edward Island. Led by the East Prince Agri-Environment Association (EPAA), this living lab project represents an investment of up to $4.5 million over five years from the federal government under the Agricultural Climate Solutions (ACS) – Living Labs program.
This living lab aims to accelerate the ag sector’s response to climate change by bringing together producers and scientists, among others, to co-develop, test and evaluate on-farm beneficial management practices (BMPs) on multiple sites across the province. These BMPs – featuring the addition of kelp to the diets of cattle, rotational grazing, hedgerows, edge-of-field wetlands, and more – will help store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on Island farms. In collaboration with partner organizations within the living lab, the EPAA will also encourage knowledge transfer and exchange between local producers, producer associations, federal and provincial researchers, Indigenous groups and other sector stakeholders.
Building on the success of the Living Laboratories Initiative that ran in P.E.I., Manitoba, Quebec and Ontario from 2019 until March 2023, the ACS Living Labs program seeks to strengthen the sustainability of P.E.I.’s agricultural sector by co-developing and testing new ideas in real-world conditions. This Canadian model has received international acclaim and inspired similar initiatives in other countries around the world.
The announcement of this new living lab adds to projects launched earlier this year in Quebec and Ontario and the nine launched in 2022. With this announcement, the ACS Living Labs program is on track to have at least one living lab in every province.
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