European Learning Network on<br /> Functional AgroBiodiversity
European Learning Network on
Functional AgroBiodiversity

Events Calendar

9th European Seminar on Agro-biodiversity and Annual Meeting of the European SAVE Network (11 - 13 September 2015, Lake Kerkini National Park, Greece)

The topic of the 9th seminar on agrobiodiversity is “Unrecognised and Isolated Populations of rare Breeds and Varie-ties”. At as workshop the new structures of SAVE Foundation, the project office and the network office will be explained, possibilities and pitfalls of the new structure will be discussed.
The area of the lake hosts the largest number of water buffalo in Greece. A visit to local Sykia cattle, Greek goats and black pig in the Mountains near Lake Kerkini will complete the interesting program. The SAVE meeting will be held in cooperation with the Greek SAVE partner organisation “Amaltheia”.

For further information see,

Conference on Agriculture in an Urbanizing Society  (14-17 September 2015, Rome, Italy)

The 2nd International Conference on Agriculture in an Urbanizing Society will take place in Rome in the period 14-17th September in the frame of the EXPO 2015 activities.
During the conference Working Group 15: Local arrangements for agricultural ecosystem services: connecting urban populations to their peri-urban landscapes through the ecosystem services of agriculture will take place that could be of interest for ELN-FAB stakeholders. The call for abstract is now open and it will close the 31st of March.

For more information see the Call for Abstracts.

IPM Innovation in Europe (14-16 January 2015, Poznań, Poland)

The congress is organised by the Polish Institute of Plant Protection – National Research Institute and the European PURE project. During this congress the accomplishments of the European project Pesticide Use and risk Reduction in European farming systems with integrated pest management – PURE will be presented and discussed.

For more information visit:,2015-ipm-innovation-in-europe.html

Final workshop of SUSTAIN and ECOSOM (12 December 2014, Paris, France)

The final workshop of SUSTAIN and ECOSOM projects, funded by ERA-NET SNOWMAN, will held on December 12 in Paris, France. The objective is to present the results of these multiannual projects under the common hat of the ecosystem services provided by soils.The involvement of the ELN-FAB will ensure Europe-wide dissemination of the results to the various stakeholder groups.

For more information see the programme (in French).

First Global Soil Biodiversity Conference - Assessing soil biodiversity and its role for ecosystem services (2-5 December 2014, Dijon, France)

The Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and EcoFINDERS are pleased to announce the First GSBI Conference - Assessing Soil Biodiversity and its Role for Ecosystem Services, to be held in Dijon, France, December 2-5th, 2014. This will be a dynamic international meeting summarizing the current state of knowledge and recent advancements in the science of soil biodiversity.

For more information visit:

Territorial cooperation for the provision of public goods under the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) (1 December 2014, Brussels)

Dialogue with European institutions and NGOs
1 December 2014, 14h30 – 16h30
EESC, rue Belliard 68, Brussels, Belgium

Participation is free of charge.
Please note that the maximum number of participants is 60.

Register by clicking HERE and for more information see the programme and background document.

FAB: examples from practice, policy and research (4 November 2014, Gent, Belgium)

For more information see the Invitation and Registration form (in Dutch)

Conference on Rural Development Programmes in Action post 2014: How can they work towards a healthier environment? (15 September 2014, Brussels)

CEEweb, ADEPT Fundatia, the EEB and BirdLife Europe are organizing a conference on the new Rural Development Policy and Programmes at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels on 15 September.

For more information and the draft agenda please visit:

Conference 'Land as a resource' (19 June 2014, Brussels)

The Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission organises a conference on 'Land as a resource' on Thursday 19 June 2014 in Brussels. The conference has the objective of highlighting the importance of good land management to address European and global challenges, particularly in view of an increasing world population, and will discuss the shortcomings of the current European land use models, including conflicting policy drivers. Registrations are now open (max: 400 participants).

For more information visit:

Conference "Territorial cooperation for the provision of public goods in the context of the new CAP"
(23-25 April 2014, De Klinze, Aldtsjerk, the Netherlands)

The first conference "Territorial cooperation for the provision of public goods in the context of the new CAP" which was held at La Bergerie in December last year in collaboration with the French Ministry for Agriculture and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Based on the results of the first conference, the follow up meeting will be organized in the Netherlands between 23 - 25 April which has three ambitious objectives:
1.    to lay the foundation of a European network for territorial cooperation initiatives
2.    to establish the outlines of a common programme
3.    to draft a common document.
For more information visit:

Functional agrobiodiversity in North-West Europe: What does the future hold?

ELN-FAB Seminar
11 December 2013, Brussels

In the framework of the ELN-FAB initiative, annual seminars are organized in order to bring together representatives of various stakeholder groups, policymakers, scientists and practitioners from throughout Europe to collect and exchange experience about functional agrobiodiversity (FAB).

Many years have passed since the first FAB projects started in North-West Europe. They have gone on to deliver promising results. Where do we stand now? What are the latest developments in the field of policy and research? How is FAB perceived by farmers? What kind of future does FAB have in the region? Do you have a story to share with us?

We will be looking for the answers on 11 December 2013 in Brussels. The event is organized by ECNC in cooperation with the Flemish Land Agency (VLM) and the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO).

For more information see the final programme, travel and hotel information, and the publication Functional agrobiodiversity: Nature serving Europe’s farmers. If you would like to participate in the seminar, please fill in the registration form before 6 December via this link:

If you require any further information, visit or contact Veronika Mikos by email at or phone +31 (0)13 5 944 944.

Please forward this information to your colleagues or interested persons.

We look forward to welcoming you to the ELN-FAB Seminar in Brussels!

7th European Agrobiodiversity Seminar (19-21 September 2013, Biezenmortel, the Netherlands)

The SAVE Annual Meeting and the 7th European Seminar on Agrobiodiversity will take place from the 19 - 21 September in the Beukenhof Biezenmortel, Netherlands. The theme of the European Seminar, "Agrobiodiversity within the CAP: a chance for rural and social development", is very relevant as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2013 will have an effect on agrobiodiversity. The current legislative proposals of the European Commission provide for, in addition to greater competitiveness, sustainability and a strengthening of the anchoring of agriculture throughout the rural areas.

For more information visit:

ICSAEF 2013: International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture, Environment and Forestry (8-9 July 2013, London, UK)

The conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of sustainable agriculture, environment and forestry, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.

For more information visit:

Summer of Soil (7 July – 9 August 2013, Järna, Sweden)

Summer of Soil is a 5-week, multi-disciplinary accelerator program designed to awaken and inspire a collaborative movement to rebuild and maintain living soils.
The program will include a series of hands-on soil-related Courses, an exhibition of regenerative growing practices and the 5-day Living Soil Forum for bringing conversation to action.

For more information visit:

EFCF conference (20-24 June 2013, Bodø , Norway)

The conference organized by the European Federation of City Farms will take place in the city of Bodø, Norway on 20-24 June 2013.

The main issue of the conference will be how we work to give our children roots and wings; learning about the history and finding their future. You will visit a 4H-farm, a sami cultural center for children and some coastal centers. You will also be given the possibility to go fishing, rowing, making food, storytelling, work with wool and knifes, catching and preparing your own food from the sea and celebrate the Norwegian mid summer eve.

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International Day for Biological Diversity (World Biodiversity Day, 22 May 2013)

The United Nations proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
The theme Water and Biodiversity was chosen to coincide with the United Nations designation of 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation. Water is essential for life. No living being on planet Earth can survive without it. It is a prerequisite for human health and well-being as well as for the preservation of the environment.

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12th International UFZ-Deltares Conference on Groundwater-Soil-Systems and Water Resource Management (16-19 April 2013, Barcelona, Spain)
With the "AquaConSoil" conference in Barcelona in April 2013, organizers UFZ and Deltares will continue the tradition of Europe´s largest conference on applied-knowledge of the management of soil-water systems.

AquaConSoil is expecting 1,000 delegates from research institutes and universities, governmental and consultant organizations and industry. AquaConSoil 2013 provides great opportunities for scientists, companies and policymakers:

  • To be informed of and inspired by the latest developments in the fields of:
  • sustainable use of soil-water systems;
  • resource management with a special focus on arid and semi-arid regions;
  • monitoring and assessment;
  • remediation of contaminated water, soil and sediment;
  • concepts and policies for sustainable management of soil-water systems and resource efficiency.
  • To extend and enforce their network and start new cooperation activities.
For more information visit:

6th Forum for the Future of Agriculture (5 March 2013, Brussels, Belgium)

The annual Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA 2013) returns to Brussels on Tuesday 5th March 2013. Following last year's successful event which saw over 1200 participants join distinguished speakers and interesting debates and discussions, the sixth edition turns the spotlight on Meeting the Food & Environmental Challenge. This Conference has now established itself as the premier meeting place for those who have a stake in the future of agriculture and has been addressed by European Commissioners, MEPs, National Government Ministers, Industry Leaders, NGOs, International Organisations, including OECD and FAO, and academics.

For more information visit:

International Green Week 2013 (18-27 January 2013, Berlin, Germany)

Established in 1926, International Green Week (IGW) is taking place for the 78th time in 2013. The IGW is the world´s biggest fair for food, agriculture and horticulture. At the same time, the IGW is the point of origin for the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) with more than 60 departmental ministers. 


The First Global Soil Week (18-22 November 2012, Berlin, Germany)

The First Global Soil Week will provide a platform to initiate follow-up actions on land and soil-related decisions made at the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference and will take place within the framework of the FAO’s Global Soil Partnership.
The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Potsdam (IASS) established the Global Soil Forum (GSF) in 2011, which organizes and hosts the first Global Soil Week in 2012. The event will take place in Berlin on 18-22 November 2012.
The First Global Soil Week offers a forum of interactive exchange and dialogue. Stakeholders from science, government, business and civil society will come together to share their land and soil-related experience and expertise, and to develop future plans of action for sustainable land/soil management and governance.

For more information see

Baltic Sea Regional Conference - QUO VADIS, FARMLAND BIODIVERSITY?
14-15 November 2012, Tartu, Estonia

The Estonian Agricultural Research Centre and Ministry of Agriculture are holding the Baltic Sea Regional Conference under the title Quo Vadis, Farmland Biodiversity?, 14-15 November 2012, in Tartu (Estonia).

The conference will start by considering the current state of play in the Baltic region with regards to biodiversity and high nature value (HNV) farming, and exploring means for understanding, monitoring and evaluating it. The event will bring together a range of regional stakeholders with an active interest in farmland biodiversity, including policy-makers, policy evaluators, scientists and experts.

The second day of the conference will focus on solutions for preserving farmland biodiversity, including the potential for common objectives and approaches. The experiences of projects run under CAP, RDP and LIFE will be presented and explored to identify good practices and possible ways forward. In particular, this aims to start the process towards a common regional position regarding appropriate biodiversity measures for CAP 2013+.

For more information see:

International Seminar on "Urbanism and periurban agrarian ecosystems" (12 November 2012, Madrid, Spain)

The seminar is intended to validate and disseminate the results from the first phase of the R+D project  Periurban Agrarian ECosystems in Spatial Planning, funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation through the National Plan R+D+r, to be developed between 2012 and 2014.

The project aims to develop practical tools to facilitate the integration of periurban agrarian spaces into urban and territorial planning, withing the ecosystem services approach. The research intends to reconsider the way in which periurban agrarian areas are dealt with in urban and territorial plans, seeking out opportunities for synergies between the different ecosystem services provided by those areas. The approach is an opportunity to reactivate the agricultural sector, which can serve as a powerful catalyst of innovative processes in Spanish's intermediate inner cities, historically linked to the agrarian sector.

For more information click here

Agriculture and biodiversity, pathways for the future (10-11 October 2012, Eurre, France)

On 10 and 11 October, IFORE (Training Institute for the Environment), in partnership with Biovallée ® and the Community of municipalities of Val de Drôme will organize a symposium on the theme "Agriculture and biodiversity, pathways for the future” at the Biovallée – Le Campus. It will show how integrated agricultural practices can help maintain or restore biodiversity. Biovallée ® is the perfect place to illustrate this subject. The symposium is targeted at agricultural professionals and interested public administrations and will take place on the Ecosite d’Eurre.

For more information see:

The Annual European Agrobiodiversity Day (EAD) - 29 September 2012

This year the subject chosen by the SAVE Foundation is the economic value of Agrobiodiversity, under the title “Economic value of local breeds and seeds”. Public awareness is important! There is still very little awareness of the enormous diversity of breeds and varieties found in European agriculture or the need for conservation – public awareness of our subject helps on all levels: it helps producers of traditional produce find a market for their products, or it reminds our politicians about their international obligations to create strategies to protect the national agrobiodiversity.

Don’t forget to promote the date 29 September – European Agrobiodiversity Day!

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European debate on biodiversity (25 September 2012, Brussels, Belgium)
What European policy for biodiversity conservation in the coming years?

The 14 European partners of the REVERSE project have the pleasure to invite you to a high-level debate on the development of the EU biodiversity policy. This event will mark the closing of this three-year project and will gather representatives of the European Environment Agency, IUCN and the European Commission (DG Environment), as well as NGOs and Regions. At the end of the debate the REVERSE partnership will present recommendations to better take biodiversity into account in European sectoral policies (agriculture, land planning, and tourism).

This event will take place on Tuesday 25 of September in Brussels in the Aquitaine European Office (19 Avenue de l’Yser), from 6 pm to 8 pm.
The debate will be followed by a cocktail accompanied by a variety of European regional products.

More information about the REVERSE European project:

ELN-FAB European Seminar - 14 & 15 June 2012, Avignon, France

Note: The registration deadline has been extended to 10 June.
On 14 & 15 June the ELN-FAB European seminar on applying functional agrobiodiversity in the Mediterranean will be held in Avignon, France.

This event provides a unique opportunity for all those interested in functional agrobiodiversity to share knowledge and experiences and create new partnerships. It aims at stimulating the uptake of functional agrobiodiversity throughout the Mediterranean region as a contribution to sustainable agriculture. The seminar is organized by ECNC in cooperation with DIVERSITAS and the Groupe de Recherche en Agriculture Biologique (GRAB), and hosted by INRA.

For more information see the invitation, programme, travel and hotel information, and brochure about the concept of FAB. If you would like to participate in the seminar, please fill in the registration form no later than 10 June via this link:

If you require any further information, contact Veronika Mikos by email at or phone +31 (0)13 5 944 944.

Please forward this information to your colleagues or interested persons.

We look forward to welcoming you to the European Seminar on ELN-FAB in France!

AGROENVIRON 2012 (1-4 May 2012, Wageningen, the Netherlands)

The 8th International Symposium Agro Environ will be held in Wageningen, the Netherlands on 1-4 May 2012, organised by the Land Degradation and Development Group, Wageningen University. During the meeting renowned scientists from all over the world will present their latest ideas and findings on environmental sustainability of agricultural management systems.

For a description of themes and more information, please visit

6th European Organic Congress
“Smart change - towards a sustainable CAP” (17-18 April 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark)

The 6th European Organic Congress in Denmark is taking place at a crucial point in time for the debate on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The Congress “Smart change - towards a sustainable CAP” addresses the policy change needed to reach a greener, smarter, fairer future CAP, improve the availability of sustainably produced food for consumers and to ensure the credibility of certification for sustainable farm systems. It provides the organic community with an opportunity for exchange and discussion and will bring together high-level speakers from the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European organic movement and other civil society organisations, along with participants from across Europe.
Following high level panel discussions, the topics will be further elaborated on in three interactive workshops covering organic regulation, CAP and promotional measures and the green public procurement of organic products.
For more information visit

5th Forum for the Future of Agriculture (27 March 2012, Brussels, Belgium)

The annual Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA 2012) returns to Brussels on Tuesday 27th March 2012. Following last year's successful event which saw over 1200 participants join distinguished speakers and interesting debates and discussions, the fifth edition turns the spotlight on Meeting the Food & Environmental Challenge: Resource efficiency, innovation and governance.

For more information visit:

“The role of CAP reform for the future of food and farming”
Public seminar and excursion (20-21 October 2011, Lyon, France)

Brussels, 27 September 2011 - IFOAM EU Group invites you to the public seminar “The role of CAP reform for the future of food and farming - The impact of CAP on future food systems and the potential contribution of organic agriculture” on 20th October 2011, in Lyon, France followed by an excursion on 21st October. This Seminar is co-organised by IFOAM EU Group and ENOAS, the European Network of Organic Agriculture Students, in cooperation with ISARA Lyon, and the FNAB, the French National Federation of Organic Farming.

This event aims to inform students and interested citizens about how the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) influences our daily food and European farm landscapes. It will provide an opportunity to discuss the CAP reform and the broader future of agriculture with stakeholders, civil society representatives and policy makers.

Registration is now open until 11 October 2011
. The registration form and further information including the program are available at the Seminar website: 
More information: IFOAM EU Group, phone + 32-2-280 12 23, Fax: +32-2-735 73 81,,   

12th European Ecological Federation Congress (25-29 September 2011, Ávila, Spain)

It is with pleasure that we invite you to Ávila, Spain, to attend the next European Ecological Congress (12th EEF), to be held from 25 to 29 September, 2011. In addition to an exciting scientific program with renowned speakers from countries all over the world, the 12th EEF is opening the door to a unique cultural and environmental experience. Note that on-line registration for delegates and abstract submission will open on the 15th of February 2011 at the website of the Congress.

For more information see the second circular or visit:

Soil Science in a Changing World (18-22 September 2011, Wageningen, the Netherlands)

Climate change. Food security. Water resources. Biodiversity. These evocative titles are not issues that, in the eye of the Public and Politicians, are easily linked to soil scientists. Rather, they are challenges seen to be dealt with by other scientists in multidisciplinary think-tanks linking into Parliamentary commissions and the front page of newspapers. Soil scientists have kept a remarkably low profile in such discussions and think tanks, despite the central importance of soils to all of these issues.
In this conference we will discuss the importance of soils and soil science for combating the problems we are facing around the globe. On behalf of the Soil Science Centre of Wageningen University we would like to invite you to the First Wageningen Conference on Applied Soil Science. These topics will be addressed in a dynamic way, by top key-note speeches, challenging debates, inspiring workshops and master classes as well as oral and poster presentations by participants.
For further information see the second circular or visit: 

Demo Farm project international seminar (15-16 September 2011, Valmiera, Latvia)

The aim of the project is to develop a network of farms for demonstration of sustainable farming practices in Latvia and Estonia. The main themes covered by the speakers in the seminar will be:
- Lessons learnt from the process of development of integrated farm management plans
- Recommendations based on the project findings for improvement of rural development policy in Latvia and Estonia
- Future of the demonstration farm network in Latvia and Estonia

Information about the seminar and online registration form is available at:

Pollinators and Agriculture in Europe Conference (28 June 2011, European Parliament, Brussels)

To mark the launch of the joint publication ‘Pollinators and Agriculture’, ECPA and ELO are organising an event for discussion of pollinators, their value for European agriculture, biodiversity and ecosystem services, and options for their protection.

In Europe a great variety of bees, butterflies, beetles and other insects are responsible for pollination; their collective contribution to the food in our diet is essential, however, this contribution is often misunderstood and frequently miscommunicated. As Europe experiences an overall decline in pollinator biodiversity, an understanding of the drivers of pollinator populations is timely and of significance to the future of agriculture.
In the context of sustainable agriculture and support from EU policies, this event will see experts and key stakeholders discuss the functions of pollinators and solutions for reversing trends in pollinator population decline.
For further information see the programme and the registration form.

EISA Visit to LEAF Demonstration Sites in the UK (20-21 June 2011)

A tour of LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) Demonstration Sites in the East of England to reinforce practical solutions for delivering sustainable agriculture and meeting future challenges of food security, environmental health and social acceptability through the uptake of research and Integrated Farming.
Please complete the booking form (including travel arrangements) and send it to Mrs Evelyn See at LEAF ( by the 14th June 2011.
For more information see: LEAF&EISA FARM VISITS programme June 2011

FoSW symposium ‘Ecosystem Services in soil and water research’ (7-10 June 2011, Uppsala, Sweden)

The graduate school Focus on Soils and Water warmly invites PhD-students and researchers to participate in the symposium ‘Ecosystem Services in soil and water research’ the 7-10 June 2011 at the Ultuna campus of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden.

Ecosystem services in soil and aquatic sciences will be addressed in six different sessions with focus on supporting and regulating systems as well as threats to and protection of services provided by soil and aquatic systems. The scope ranges from basic to applied research with strong links to different sectors of society. These issues are highly relevant for both the scientific community and society as a whole, and we would very much enjoy your contribution to these discussions. Abstract submission and registration is now open!

For more information see:

5th European Organic Congress (31 May-1 June 2011, Hortobágy, Hungary)

The IFOAM EU Group in cooperation with the Hungarian EU Presidency is organizing the 5th European Organic Congress in Hortobágy, Hungary, May 31st – June 1st. The conference will discuss the opportunities organic agriculture offers for farmers, operators and rural areas in reaching the objectives outlined in the Commission Communication on the new CAP.

For more information on this high level event see the announcement or visit:

Conference on historical agricultural landscape Slovakia (14-16 March 2011, Vinicne, Slovak Republic)

You are kindly invited to attend the international conference "Research and Management of the Historical Agricultural Landscape" organised by the Institute of Landscape Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences. The conference will take place on March 14 -16, 2011 in Vinicne, Slovak Republic.

The conference will focus on the following topics:
  • History of agricultural landscape - natural, cultural, social, and economic determinants of origin and past development, land-use changes
  • Historical agricultural landscape as a source of landscape diversity and biodiversity
  • Historical agricultural landscape in globalisation period - development trends and opportunities, perception, legislative, economic and political tools of preservation and sustainable utilisation

4th Forum for the Future of Agriculture (15 March 2011, Brussels, Belgium)

Under the title, ‘Refocusing security on food and nature –CAP renewal for better farming’, participants will be invited to discuss, review and agree on the necessary responses to deliver safe, viable and productive agriculture and safeguard rural areas. Chaired once again by Franz FISCHLER, former EU Commissioner and Chairman of the RISE Foundation, the FFA returns with its best ever line up of speakers. The keynote addresses will be delivered by the European Commissioners Dacian CIOLOS (Agriculture and Rural Development) and Janez POTOCNIK (Environment).

For more information check out the finalised programme and register via the following link: FFA2011.

‘Demonstration of environmentally friendly farming’ international seminar (3-4 March 2011, Tartu, Estonia)
The purpose of this seminar is to exchange international experience regarding different approaches and practices for demonstration of environmentally friendly farming and to discuss the possible scenarios and influences of the reform of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on the environmental performance of farming in the Baltic Region. The seminar is open to representatives from NGOs, advisory, research and educational organizations and ministries interested in promotion and development of environmentally friendly farming.

For more information visit:

6th European forum on agricultural biodiversity (25-26 February 2011, Szeged, Hungary)

The ‘Let’s Liberate Diversity!’ forums are the annual gatherings of farmers’ organisations and associations working on agricultural biodiversity in Europe.
The 2011 edition of the forum will be held in Szeged, Hungary, during the Hungarian presidency of the European Union. Its central theme will be the question of Farmers’ Rights related to the conservation, sustainable use and development of agricultural biodiversity.

The forum is addressed to farmers, gardeners, seed artisans, bakers and processors of products derived from agricultural biodiversity, civil society organizations, researchers, breeders and representatives of gene banks as well as communities implementing initiatives on agricultural biodiversity in Europe.

For more information visit:

Conference on 'How can we green the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)?' (12-14 November 2010, Bled, Slovenia)

On 12-14 November 2010 Avalon will organise the Conference “How can we green the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)? -  A contribution to the dialogue based on the views from the New Member States and countries aspiring to EU membership”. The conference will be organised in the framework of Avalon’s Networking Programme 2010, supported by EC DG Environment (Life+ Programme).
For various administrative, technical, environmental/ecological, historical and other reasons – the existing CAP measures and procedures aimed at greening European agriculture do not necessarily benefit the New Member States and their environment. This problem has been recognised at various occasions, but it doesn’t seem to have been sufficiently addressed and discussed. The conference will therefore focus on the question: how to improve the existing efforts to green the CAP, and adjust it to the real needs of the New Member States and non-EU countries aspiring to EU membership. The issue will be discussed and analysed with the relevant GO, NGO, academia, business and other representatives from the Old and New Member States, as well as countries aspiring to EU membership.

For more information and registration, please visit

Annual ELN-FAB European Seminar (11-12 November 2010, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

On 11-12 November 2010 the annual European Seminar on the European Learning Network on Functional AgroBiodiversity (ELN-FAB) will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The aim of the meeting is to bring together representatives of various stakeholder groups and national and international organizations throughout Europe to collect and exchange experience about functional agrobiodiversity. It is being organized by ECNC in cooperation with DIVERSITAS and the European Environment Agency (EEA), and will be hosted by the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia (KIS).

Throughout Europe, farmers, researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders are testing and implementing various forms of agrobiodiversity. At present, this practical experience is extremely fragmented and barely accessible. The European Learning Network on Functional AgroBiodiversity (ELN-FAB) aims to change this by accumulating knowledge on how biodiversity can be mobilized to increase sustainable agricultural production, to provide a platform for exchange of knowledge and practical experiences between farmers, policymakers and scientists to enable fast and effective implementation of best practices, and to promote sustainable agriculture in the 27 Member States of the EU, plus Norway and Switzerland.

For more information see the invitation, final programme, registration form, travel and hotel information, and a brochure about the concept of FAB. The preliminary programme will be revised further as other speakers confirm. Please visit for the updated programme.

If you would like to participate in the seminar, please fill in the registration form and mail it to the organizers before 15 October. If you require any further information, visit or contact Veronika Mikos by email at or phone +31 (0)13 5 944 944.
We look forward to welcoming you to the European Seminar on ELN-FAB in Slovenia!

Note: The closing date for registrations has been extended to 31 October 2010.


Green work(s)! International conference (12-13 October 2010, Bruges, Belgium)

During the second half of 2010, under the Belgian EU presidency, various events and conferences are planned that will be related to biodiversity, and one of them will have a direct link with ELN-FAB. A conference called ‘Green work(s)! Developing open space in peri-urban areas – The value of green investments in the heart of Europe’, will take place on 12-13 October 2010 in Bruges, Belgium.
The main ambition of the conference is to open the dialogue between scientists, policymakers, administrators and stakeholders on the major challenges of developing green investments and their value in peri-urban regions in the heart of Europe. The conference will also provide the perfect opportunity to learn from other participants, to exchange best practices, to stimulate transboundary contacts and to develop learning lessons. Furthermore, the conference also intends to provide lessons learned for the European Environmental Advisory Council conference taking place later that week in Bruges.

The direct contribution of ELN-FAB is related to the organization of a lecture (‘Landscape management to optimize ecosystem services for sustainable agriculture’) and two workshops (‘Functional agrobiodiversity. The future of our agriculture?’ and ‘Soil biodiversity. The key to improve to have more biodiversity on farmland’) during the second day of the conference.

For more information please visit or contact Mr Frank Stubbe at or +32 499 99 43 05.

European Congress on Conservation Agriculture (4-7 October 2010, Madrid, Spain)

The Spanish Conservation Agriculture Association / Living Soils (AEAC/SV), jointly with the European Conservation Agriculture Federation (ECAF) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) are organizing the "European Congress on Conservation Agriculture: Towards agro-environmental, climate and energetic sustainability", to be held in Madrid 4th-7th October 2010.

Development agencies and donors, policy makers and administrators, environmentalists, farmers, agricultural scientists and advisors, and the agricultural industry are welcome to attend this event. The Congress has attracted among its keynote speakers and delegates, authorities and leading scientists on conservation agriculture, soil management, agronomy, crop protection and global environmental issues.

For more information see the first announcement or visit: 

Conference ‘High Nature Value grasslands: securing the ecosystem services of European farming’ (7-9 September 2010, Sibiu, Romania)

EFNCP, in partnership with Fundaţia ADEPT and Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, are proud to announce a major 2½ day international conference to address the importance of High Nature Value Farmland for the delivery of ecosystem services in Europe.
This conference will assess the role of HNV farming systems in providing a wide range of ecosystem services:  not only biodiversity conservation, but other services vital to our long term future such as resistance to climate change, carbon sequestration, fire and flood resistance, quality and security of water and food.

For more information contact: and see summary of the conference and booking form

4th European Seminar on AgroBiodiversity and SAVE Meeting 2010 (3-5 September 2010, Criewen, Germany)
The Annual Meeting of SAVE Foundation and the SAVE Network will take place at Castle Criewen, northeast of Berlin, 3-5 September 2010. It is combined with the 4th European  Seminar on AgroBiodiversity (topic: “AgroBiodiversity – a crucial part of Biodiversity”) and is organized in collaboration with SAVE partner VERN e.V. and the German-Polish Academy Castle Criewen at National Park Lower Oder Valley, Brandenburg.

For more information contact:

Seminar on European Learning Network on Functional AgroBiodiversity (ELN-FAB) in Baltic Sea Region (25-26 August 2010, Rakvere, Estonia)

EU farmers and policymakers increasingly acknowledge that biodiversity and agricultural production need not necessarily be in conflict, but can potentially strengthen each other, as experience has already shown. In this context, the ’Seminar on European Learning Network on Functional AgroBiodiversity (ELN-FAB) in Baltic Sea Region’ will be held in Rakvere in northern Estonia on 25-26 August 2010. The event is being jointly organized by the Estonian Ministry of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Centre (Estonia) and ECNC-European Centre for Nature Conservation (host of the ELN-FAB Secretariat).

Understanding the relations between biodiversity and sustainable agricultural production and translating such knowledge into management practices that can be applied at the scale of farms and landscapes is of key importance for a robust and environmentally friendly agriculture in Europe. In this context, the concept of Functional AgroBiodiversity (FAB) has recently been introduced. This seminar introduces the concept of FAB and the benefits it can provide for a more sustainable agriculture.

Please find the invitation, programme and registration form below. All relevant information (regularly updated) is also available at: If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Iiri Selge by email at or phone + 372 53 021 925.

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International Symposium “Innovation and Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Food - ISDA 2010” (28 June-1 July, Montpellier, France)

Facing the crisis and growing uncertainties, can science and societies reinvent agricultural and food systems to achieve sustainability?

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Climate change: challenge or threat to biocontrol? (7-11 June 2010, Graz, Austria)

XI Meeting of the Working Group Biological control of fungal and bacterial plant pathogens

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Green Week 2010 (1-4 June 2010, Brussels, Belgium)

The 10th edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, will take place from 1 to 4 June 2010 in Brussels. This year's theme is biodiversity.

Over some 30 sessions, the conference will address the state of biodiversity and nature in Europe and the world, the benefits they bring, current pressures, and possible solutions to the current rates of loss. The path to be taken by EU policies on biodiversity and nature policies post-2010, the economic dimension of biodiversity, ecosystem services and Natura 2000 will also be examined.

Green Week offers a unique opportunity for debate and exchanges of experience and best practice. Over the past decade, the conference has established itself as an unmissable event for anyone involved with protecting the environment. The 2009 edition attracted some 4,200 participants from government, business and industry, non-governmental organisations, academia and the media.

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3rd European Organic Congress (27 May 2010, Madrid, Spain and 21-22 June 2010, Rome, Italy)

The IFOAM EU Group invites the organic sector twice to a European Organic Congress in 2010. The congress will be in two parts to deal with two issues of urgent importance for the organic sector: the first congress will discuss the potential of the organic movement to contribute to a new green deal for a sustainable European economy; the second one will evaluate the first year of the new Organic Regulation in place and give space for an outlook on further pieces to be added to the regulation.

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The Stockholm Seminars “Pollination services and agroecosystems: searching for sustainability” (22 April 2010, Stockholm, Sweden)

The Stockholm Seminars cover a broad range of perspectives on sustainability issues and are focused on the need for a sound scientific basis for sustainable development policy. The seminars are given at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and are visited by a large audience, including scientists, students, media and policy makers in the public and private sector.
The seminars are open for all interested and free of charge. No registration needed.

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3rd Forum for the Future of Agriculture (16 March 2010, Brussels, Belgium)

In March 2008, the European Landowners Organization, (ELO) and Syngenta came together to create a new Forum in which the future of agriculture could be debated, from a European perspective, and where the main challenges facing the sector could be addressed and the necessary responses understood, discussed and agreed.

Today, the Forum has a programme of activity, focused on the food and environmental security agenda, in Brussels and across the European region. However, the main platform for the Forum for the Future of Agriculture remains its Annual Conference which takes place every Spring in Brussels. This Conference has now established itself as the premier meeting place for those who have a stake in the future of agriculture and has been addressed by European Commissioners, MEPs, National Government Ministers, Industry Leaders, NGOs, International Organisations, including OECD and FAO, and Academics.

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International Green Week Berlin (15-24 January 2010, Berlin, Germany)

The International Green Week (IGW) is the world's biggest fair for food, agriculture and horticulture. Established in 1926 it will take place for the 75th time in 2010. Participants include a range of commercial and governing bodies from the agricultural and food industries: the International conference of the Agricultural Ministers with 1400 participants, the International Agricultural Policy Forum with 800 participants, as well as congress forums on agriculture, livestock breeding, and industrial/energy crops. A special "Freshness Forum" - Meat produce - is held for food industry representatives.

Agriculture and Rural Development Day: COP-15 (12 December 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark)

The main objective of the event is to lay the groundwork for a workplan of strategies and actions that will see agriculture fully incorporated into the post-Copenhagen agenda. Approximately 300 participants are expected. The event will consist of an opening plenary with keynote presentations, roundtable discussions on specific themes, poster sessions and a closing plenary. The event will bring together policy makers and negotiators, rural development practitioners, producers, civil society and the agricultural and climate change scientific community. The event will identify the no-regret priorities for agriculture and food security—stressing the areas where the world needs to act regardless of exactly how climate change plays out locally.

The event will focus discussions on the following key areas:
- The role of agriculture and farmers in adaptation and mitigation strategies;
- Future scenarios for agriculture, rural development and food security;
- Climate change as a development issue; and
- Innovations in the agricultural sector of relevance to the climate change agenda.

Roundtable topics include: Climate change impacts on agriculture; Policies and institutions; Agricultural responses for adaptation and mitigation and Unlocking the potential of the carbon market for small farmers.

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Congress ‘Organic Farming in Times of Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss and Global Food Crisis’ (1 December 2009, Brussels, Belgium)

The IFOAM EU-organised Congress will be opened by the EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel with presentation of the Commission’s views on How to address the agriculture challenges within the CAP and Copenhagen process.

The following plenary session will focus on the role of organic food and farming as a leading model of sustainable food systems. As special guests, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Co-Chair International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, and Hans Herren, Millenium Institute, will present their views on climate policies and food security. Additionally, the workshops will bring deeper insight into the food business’ approaches to climate-friendly practices and will encourage discussions on the future of the CAP and how EU policies must be tailored in order to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss.

The December 1st forum will bring together high-level representatives from the EU institutions and about 200 participants representing organic farming associations, the organic processing and retailing business and other interested people and organisations from the EU Member States and beyond. On-line registration will be open from 1st of October. The Congress’ draft program is already available on the website:

GLOBALGAP TOUR 2009 (9-13 November 2009, Athens, Greece)

Tour 2009 will travel over 5 continents and will stop in Athens especially to discuss the latest Good Agricultural Practice trends and requirements for Europe.

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Europe’s mountain bonus – how communities and land management provide positive externalities for European society, and the related policies and opportunities (14-16 October 2009, Oñati, Spain)

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The future of mountain livestock farming: an economic and territorial challenge for Europe! (7 October 2009, Cournon-d'Auvergne, France)

Main goals of the conference:
  • To take stock of the context in which mountain livestock farming currently has to organise its own development, in order to better identify risks and opportunities: context in terms of economic situation of the sector, in terms of image, in terms of expectations of consumers and policy-makers.
  • To show how mountain livestock farming in Europe brings goods and services which are essential to the European society at large, such as economic activity, quality foods, preservation of environment, culture and heritage, and is therefore in an ideal position to answer to the new challenges.
  • To present Euromontana’s proposals on the future of the CAP after 2013, elaborated along year 2008 and 2009, to participants and representatives from European institutions.
  • To discuss these proposals with a panel of political representatives involved at different levels of governance and in different sectors. 
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15th International Symposium on Problems of Landscape Ecological Research (29 September - 2 October 2009, Bratislava, Slovak Republic)

Main Topics of the Symposium:

1. Landscape Ecology in the Period of the 15 International Symposiums (1967 - 2009)
2. Integrated Landscape Research
3. Multifunctional Landscapes and their Management
4. Ecological Networks, Landscape Diversity and Biodiversity
5. Ecosystem Functions in the Context of Landscape
6. Man in the Landscape
7. Environmental Communication

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2nd European seminar on ELN-FAB (24-25 September 2009, Frick, Switzerland)

On 24-25 September 2009 the 2nd European seminar on the European Learning Network on Functional AgroBiodiversity (ELN-FAB) will be held in Frick, Switzerland. The aim of the meeting is to bring together representatives of the various stakeholder groups from several countries to collect and exchange experience. The seminar will be hosted by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL).

More information about the 2nd European seminar on the European Learning Network on Functional AgroBiodiversity can be found below.

Please note that the closing date for registrations has been extended to 11 September 2009

2nd World Seed Conference (8-10 September 2009, Rome, Italy)

A conference to raise awareness of the importance of new plant varieties and high quality seed in a changing world faced with  many challenges for agriculture and will assist governments on how they can develop an enabling environment to encourage plant breeding and the production and distribution of high quality seed.

This event is aimed at policy makers, government officials, breeding companies, breeders associations, stakeholders (certification agencies, seed analysts, seed traders, technology companies, academic institutions), farmers' organisations, consumer organisations and international breeding and seed research centres.

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Tech & bio (8-9 September 2009, Loriol-sur-Drôme, France)

European organic and alternative farming exhibition

Tech&Bio is the only event in Europe where you can see all the main organic farming products grouped together on a single organic farm (monogastric and ruminant meat production, arable crops, wine-growing, fruit farming, fruit and vegetables, aromatic and medicinal plants).

Whether you are involved in organic agriculture, or are simply interested in alternative techniques, Tech&Bio offers you a broad vision of the various alternative and organic production methods available. For their implementation, it provides you with a range of innovative and efficient solutions, support from specialists, meetings with suppliers and experience sharing at all levels - training, conversion, production, processing and enrichment.

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