Countryside COP3 – 20–24 November 2023

10 November 2023

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Countryside COP is back this 20–24 November, bringing together the rural community and businesses to showcase and inspire activity ahead of COP28 in UAE.

Now in its third year, Countryside COP provides a platform for anyone interested in the countryside to hear how the UK’s rural economy and agriculture can help tackle climate change and improve sustainability. Spokespeople from farming, local authority, education, research, finance and more will set out the challenges and vision for farming and the countryside.

What is Countryside COP?

  • Any organisation with an interest in the rural economy can host their own events to debate and discuss key issues over the week 20-24 November
  • Countryside COP is modelled on the themes of COP28. These are used as a guide and organisations are free to schedule their event when best suits them.
  • Countryside COP is a mix of virtual and live events to suit host organisations and their audiences.
  • Hosts are encouraged to submit their key policy asks to the Agriculture and Land Use Alliance to compile into a collaborative statement for government.

The full programme is now live for registrations. Keep checking our Countryside COP3 programme page to see what's on the agenda.

Countryside COP themes:

Health Nature, land use, and oceans Energy transition Youth and international
Looking at the interactions between climate change and both animal and human health Sustainable management and conservation of natural carbon sinks and biodiversity hotspots. Land Use Framework impacts Renewables and energy transformation including smart grids, energy efficiency, green hydrogen and storage. Ensuring the voice of youth is heard and to showcase success stories and challenges. To share experiences across international boundaries.
Finance Food and water systems Science, technology and innovation Skills, education and training
Innovative and blended finance and financial instruments, tools and policies to enhance access, scale up finance and aid transition. Building net zero, nature-positive, and resilient agri-food and water systems which also support producing communities and consumers.

Showcase technologies that will encourage and facilitate transition to a low carbon economy. 

How established businesses along with government, financial institutions and academia can come together for collaboration.

Demonstrating the critical role of new and traditional skills, and education in climate action.

Why get involved in Countryside COP?

The Countryside COP allows the rural community and UK agriculture to set the agenda and will serve to amplify policy asks and other messaging through many voices.

CountrysideCOP3 Framework for event hosts

Find out what's in the works for this year's programme of events.



20-24 November 2023

Can anyone host an event?

Yes. Countryside COP provides an umbrella for different organisations to run their own workshops. Existing events could also be promoted under the Countryside COP banner.

How do I host an event?

Each host is free to organise an event in a format that suits their organisation and audience. See CountrysideCOP3 Framework for event hosts.

Should events be between 9am-5pm?

You can stage your event at any time to best suit your audience e.g., it could be a breakfast or evening event if this best suits your speakers and/or target audience.

Will Countryside COP help promote my event?

Yes, in addition to publicising your own event, co-promotion of all events by everyone involved in Countryside COP will help amplify the messaging. The programme of events will be hosted centrally and made available for all. Each participating organisation will plan their press and social media activity.

Does it include the whole of the UK? 

Yes, it is UK wide and can also involve international events.

Who is organising Countryside COP? 

The idea has come from the Agriculture and Land Use Alliance (previously the Greenhouse Gas Action Plan – GHGAP) made up of representatives from:

  • ADAS 
  • ADBA (Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association)
  • AEA (Agricultural engineers Association)
  • Agrimetrics  
  • AHDB (Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board)
  • AIC (Agricultural Industries Confederation)
  • BGS
  • CFE (Championing the Farmed Environment)
  • Church Commissioners
  • CLA (Country Land and Business Association)
  • Farm Carbon Toolkit
  • FWAG (The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group)
  • Germinal
  • LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming)
  • NAAC (National Association of Agricultural Contractors)
  • NFFN (Nature Friendly Farming Network)
  • NFU
  • NFU Cymru
  • NFUS
  • NIAB
  • NPA (National Pig Association)
  • NSA (National Sheep Association)
  • OF&G (Organic Farmers and Growers)
  • ORC
  • Pasture for Life Association
  • Promar
  • RABDF (Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers)
  • RSPB
  • Terravesta
  • UFU (Ulster Farmers Union)

All interested organisations and individuals are welcome to collaborate.

For further information please contact [email protected]

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