Subject: [26 February] Webinar: Nature & Agriculture with DG ENV and DG AGRI

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26th February, 10:30 (Central Europe Time)

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Nature and Agriculture: understanding EU policy & delivering good practice

Farmers and foresters comprise almost 80% of the total EU land area. Simultaneously, the majority of European Protected Areas consist of cultural managed landscapes. EUROPARC, therefore, believes that the role of Protected Areas and Natura 2000 Sites in rural development needs to be valorised and the interdependence on the ground fully reflected in a more integrated Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

The #FutureofCAP

The ongoing debate in Brussels on the Future of CAP involves all European Institutions, NGOs, MEPs and several civic organisations. The EU Commission proposals for the new CAP, which take into consideration the environment, nature conservation, and sustainable use of natural resources, are now being analysed by the European Parliament and the European Council. What are the challenges ahead? Which new instruments will be created and what are the main differences with the current CAP?

To understand the links between nature and agriculture that the CAP proposals entail, we invited representatives of the DG Environment and DG Agriculture to share their perspectives and tell us all about the new "green architecture" and how the "nature directives" will be represented in the future CAP.

From policy to implementation

According to the European Commission, "agriculture depends more on the weather and the climate than many other sectors", and the responsible use of natural resources is as pertinent as ever. But policy is insufficient without the enforcement in each EU member states.

"While being cost-effective, farmers should work in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner, and maintain our soils and biodiversity". 

In this webinar, after having heard the different EU perspectives and policy changes of the coming CAP, we will hear how the Government of Latvia is implementing a successful cross-sectoral cooperation programme between the Nature and Agriculture ministries.

The DG AGRI perspective

The rural development and the green architecture of the future CAP

by Krzystof Sulima, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, EU Commission 

Links between nature conservation, forestry and farming are very strong and this is reflected in the new CAP architecture. The presentation will show the new green structure of the CAP as proposed by the European Commission and currently under examination by the European Parliament and European Council, and the challenges and the differences with the current CAP. 

Mr Sulima will highlight the new measures and instruments that will be available for farmers and stakeholders to support nature conservation, develop sustainable agriculture and promote rural development, with specific attention to Natura 2000 and natural protected areas.

The DG ENV perspective 

The Birds and Habitats Directives and Nature Action Plan and the future CAP

by Jérémie Crespin, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Environment, EU Commission 

The terrestrial Natura 2000 network is today largely complete; however, most habitats and species associated with agricultural ecosystems in Europe are still in an unfavorable conservation status. The fitness check of the Nature Directives concluded that greater efforts are needed to conserve and enhance biodiversity, through more effective integration with the CAP in order to reach biodiversity objectives.. 
The “Nature Action Plan for nature, people and the economy” addresses this conclusion and because of the important role of agriculture, specific actions are dedicated to the CAP. The presentation will highlight the connection between the nature’s directives implementation, including in Natura 2000 sites and other protected areas, and the future CAP.

The implementation perspective

Nature conservation governance in Latvia: achievements and challenges ahead

by Juris Jātnieks, Director General, Nature Conservation Agency in Latvia

The "National Conservation and Management Program for Natura 2000 sites in Latvia 2018 - 2030” identified a list of 19 priority management measures for all terrestrial NATURA 2000 area of Latvia. The “NATPROGRAMME” is the detailed follow-up of the National PAF 2012, setting the location, the scale, and priority of habitat management measures to be implemented, under which
 6 handbooks of protected habitat management guidelines were produced. 
The Guidelines for management of grassland habitats were accepted by the Ministry of Agriculture as the official handbook for all farmers and land managers in the country, to receive support payments according to the Rural Development Program of Latvia - a great example of cross-sectoral synergies.
The webinar will be held in English and last around 1:15 hours. All participants will be able to share their views and have their questions answered during the final discussion.

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