UNISECO will be also present at the event dedicated to the contribution of the European Innovation Partnership on Agricultural Productivity & Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) for the transition to agroecology.
There is an increased awareness that the challenges of producing enough food and biomass while preserving soil, water and biodiversity cannot be solved only by the types of conventional agriculture that dominate currently.
Agro-ecological approaches and eco-functional intensification are fundamental for sustainable healthy food production in the future.
As a side event to the International Nature Film Festival in Gödöllő, Hungary key actors of agriculture and nature conservation sectors jointly analysed the processes, assess their role and outline future trends at the conference organised by Birdlife Hungary in the frame of the project "Cross border protection of Great Bustard in Central Europe" (LIFE15 NAT/ AT000834) on the main causes of loss of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes.
A day of agro-ecological exhibition
On April 4th , a technical wine-growing day was held near Clermont-Ferrand (Domaine de Chadieu) in the department of Puy-de-Dôme to discuss tillage and cavaillon (line of the vine plants) maintenance.
The UNISECO project partners were trained to carry out on-farm sustainability assessments. The training was organised by the FiBL team in preparation of the UNISECO case studies and took place from the 18th to the 23rd of February 2019 at the Organic Research Centre in Newbury England.
UNISECO was represented by David Miller (The James Hutton Insttitute) at Scotland’s Biennial Land Use & the EnvironmentConference Rewarding the Delivery of Public Goods: How to Achieve this in Practice? 28-29 November 2018 in Edinburgh.
A project meeting was held between 20-22 November 2018 in Venice, Italy, organised by CREA. The objectives of the meeting were to discuss existing market and policy incentives for agro-ecological farming, the UNISECO case study selection and other interim results and upcoming tasks with the Project Advisory Group and invited stakeholders.
The 48th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland took place from the 10th - 14th of September 2018 in Vienna, Austria. The UNISECO project was introduced in the agro-ecology session of the conference.
Further information about the event can be found on the conference website.
UNISECO was presented by Andrea Povellato (CREA) at the regional final conference of the PROVIDE (Providing smart delivery of public goods by EU Agriculture and forestry) Horizon 2020 project on 11 July 2018 in Bologna, Italy.
On 6th of June 2018 Philippe Fleury presented UNISECO project at the French European Innovation Partnerships advisory committee : objectives, organization, workpackages, policy and scientific stakes of UNISECO.
Co-operation activities are envisaged in the SFS-29-2017 topic. Contacts with the LIFT project (Low-Input Farming and Territories - Integrating knowledge for improving ecosystem-based farming) consortium have been established.