Working together for an environmentally ambitious, evidence-based agricultural policy
The EU:s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is a strong shaping force of European land use practices, and therefore also strongly influences biodiversity and ecosystems in the agricultural landscape. The current CAP includes many measures that farmers are required (or financially incentivized) to carry out in order to contribute to sustainable agriculture, environmental protection and biodiversity conservation. However, researchers have deemed many of these measures unfit for purpose. Negotiations regarding the terms of the post-2020 CAP are ongoing, but the calls for a more ambitious, evidence-based “re-greening” of the policy have so far not had any clear impact on the reform proposal. In fact, the current proposal presents an environmentally ”watered down” CAP, with weakened targets on environmental protection, and a continued lack of evaluation of measures.
We welcome you to a day of science-to-policy discussions, with specific focus on the CAP reform. The day will offer presentations from stakeholders involved in the CAP negotiations at national and European levels, and from researchers working on evaluation of the current and proposed future CAP, as well as discussions on how future CAP-relevant research efforts should be focused.
8.30-9.00 Registration and coffee
9.00-9.15 Welcome and introduction to the day (Henrik Smith, CEC)
Agricultural policymaking in practice
9.15-9.45 CAP negotiation in practice (Fredrik Langdal, Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation)
9.45-10.00 Science-to-policy communication channels (Marie Törnquist, Swedish Board of Agriculture)
How green is the CAP and how green could it be?
10.30-10.45 The current CAP’s lack of environmental payoff (Juliana Dänhardt, CEC)
10.45-11.00 How could/should environmental payment schemes be better used? (Mark Brady, Agrifood Economics Center)
11.00-11.30 Environmental evaluation of the reform proposal (Guy Pe’er, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig)
11.30-11.45 Sustainability performance of the CAP and how to improve it (Kimberly Nicholas, LUCSUS)
11.45-12.15 Panel discussion
During the afternoon there will be a workshop, where participants will discuss key knowledge gaps and future research questions and approaches, and discuss how to get the research through to the right channels to ensure more evidence-based policy decisions. The workshop will consist of interactive group discussions, focusing on nature conservation and environmental sustainability in agroecosystems.
The workshop is mainly targeting researchers working on CAP-relevant questions and stakeholders active in agricultural policy formulation and implementation. Registered participants will be informed about how to prepare and expectations of active participation closer to the date; please contact the organizers for further information.
The event is organized by the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, as a part of the work within the BECC strategic research area, and the LU Land collaborative network.
For questions please contact Pernilla Borgström.