Europe and Central Asia

Rural Development Programmes in Action post 2014: how can they contribute to a healthier environment?

Conference organised by ADEPT Fundatia, BirdLife Europe, CEEweb and the EEB
Date: 15 September 2014  (9.00 - 18.00, followed by a cocktail reception)
Location: European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Room VM3 2, rue Van Maerlant, 1040 Brussels


Last December, after a long saga of negotiations, the reformed Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) finally got published in the official journal. There is huge concern about the extent to which the 'greening' of Pillar 1 will deliver for the natural environment. Because of this, it is crucial that Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) deliver efficiently and effectively on environmental objectives. Member States have strategic choices to make in their RDPs, and, if the right choices are made, these can achieve significant outcomes for biodiversity, soil, water and climate.

Why should you attend?

By the end of July, all Member States shall have submitted their RDPs to the European Commission. This conference will represent a timely opportunity to discuss with a wide range of people the content of these proposed national / regional Rural Development Programmes, and to check whether they address environmental needs and challenges in an appropriate and tailored way.

The Conference will contain three main panels:

  • Ecosystems restoration and protectio
  • Resource efficiency and climate change
  • Knowledge transfer and innovation

It will also address and tackle the issue of participation of stakeholders in the drafting of RDPs under the new partnership principle.

Invited speakers and panellists will include prominent representatives from Rural Development community: decision makers, NGOs, farming community, scientists and universities.

We will illustrate our discussions with comparative examinations of different RDPs, showing some better use, and some less good use of opportunities by Member States: so that the conference will produce recommendations to increase opportunities at this stage of Pillar 2 implementation.

Find out more on the agenda and register by following this link.

For any practical question, please contact Charlotte Lepitre at