The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) affects Natura 2000 habitats and species, including those related to grasslands. In many countries in continental, pannonian and steppic biogeographical regions, the lack of good agriculture practices resulting in undergrazing and overgrazing has significant effects for the local biodiversity. The event brings together experts working on habitats impacted by agriculture, providing a platform for a discussion about the impact of the current CAP on Natura 2000 habitats.
Participants will also be provided with possibilities to discuss national Rule Development Programmes and their relevant measures for Natura 2000; they will be able to exchange experiences on relevant habitats management and get the opportunity to visit the local best practice sites. This seminar will advocate for a better management of agriculture related habitats and for creating a more sustainable agriculture policy.
The event’s location – Bükk National Park, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, was chosen to emphasize the significance of the subjects covered.
3 October 2017, 9 AM – 8 PM: CAP in general and CAP from the Natura 2000 perspective; state of play in the countries represented at the event with a specific focus on grassland management and grazing system; case studies from the region
4 October 2017, 9 AM – 7 PM: field trip with presentations; working groups and setting up a roadmap on follow-up actions.
The following major issues are suggested for the further discussion:
- Role of grazing in managing Natura 2000 habitats.
- The agricultural policy’s role in sustainable grazing.
- Case studies from participating countries on grazing and agriculture practices from the region.
Final agenda and the registration website will follow closer to the date.
If you would like to present a case study from your country please email Monika Kotulak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: EC Environment