FACCE-JPI/ BiodivERsA joint workshop on agriculture and food security - biodiversity and ecosystem services

Preparing a joint vision and collaborative activities

The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) and ERA-NET COFUND BiodivERsA (on biodiversity and ecosystem services across European countries and territories), are organising a joint workshop in Brussels on 25-26 April 2018.

Links between agriculture and biodiversity are strong.  Agricultural practices do not only have effects on biodiversity, maybe more importantly agriculture and food security depend on crucial ecosystem services and functions. Climate change impacts affect these services and functions. According to the midterm review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy "the continuing decline in the status of species and habitats of EU importance associated with agriculture indicates that greater efforts need to be made to conserve and enhance biodiversity in these areas".

Collaboration FACCE-JPI and BiodivERsA
The FACCE-JPI Governing Board has decided to explore possibilities for a new initiative to cope with climate change-induced pressures on ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes, and to explore possible collaborations with BiodivERsA. Concurrently, BiodivERsA stated in its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda the need to collaborate with FACCE JPI to strengthen the agricultural dimensions and properly support research at the crossroad between biodiversity, ecosystem services and agriculture.

The objective of the workshop is to develop a joint vision of possible collaboration between FACCE-JPI and BiodivERsA with expected added value, and a concrete plan with modalities for joint activities and time schedule.

Target Audience
Participation to the workshop will be by invitation only. Participants will include representatives from the two organising initiatives, policy makers, external experts in the areas of biodiversity, agriculture and/ or climate change, and other stakeholders.

The Netherlands (represented by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality) has already expressed interest in playing an active role in the proposed collaboration between BiodivERsA and FACCE-JPI. The objectives of the workshop are in line with nature-inclusive agriculture, one of the three core themes of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality its policy.

In case you have a question with regard to this workshop, please contact Rob Swart of the FACCE-JPI Secretariat : rob.swart@wur.nl



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