Angélique Delahaye MEP
Chair of the “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” working group
Michel Dantin MEP
Chair of the “Agriculture and Water Management” working group
With almost half of European land being used for agricultural activities, farming plays an important role in Europe’s landscapes and is crucial for rural people´s livelihoods. At the same time, the agricultural sector is under increasing pressure as it has to address global challenges such as climate change and food security while maintaining its competitiveness.
The European Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) has evolved over the years to promote modernisation and efficiency, together with its main objectives of a viable food production and balanced territorial development. Agri-environment-climate measures in the Rural Development policy are an important tool for the integration of environmental aspects into the CAP. Adapted to the specific on-site conditions they encourage farmers to protect and enhance the environment on their farmland, making it a useful instrument for achieving targets related to biodiversity, soil, water or climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Farmers, land owners, stakeholders, policy-makers, citizens and scientists will discuss about the implementation of these measures, their contribution to a more sustainable farming sector as well as their trade-offs and limitations. The event will bring this debate to the European Parliament and will allow stakeholders and experts to share experiences and propose improvements for the way forward.