UNISECO will be present - through its Hungarian case study on soil conservation management - at the 9th International Congress of the European Society for Soil Conservation. The Focus of the Congress is ‘Soil’s Contribution to People: from Food to Life Supporting Services’.
On 3 July 2019 UNISECO also participated at the ENRD Seminar on Bioeconomy: Seizing the opportunities for rural Europe' with interesting discussions on carbon sinks in rural areas, key barriers to scaling up rural bioeconomy initiatives and examples of policy coherence enabling rural bioenergy production.
UNISECO was presented at the Agri Innovation summit (AIS) 2019 in Normandy on 25 and 26 June 2019 which was dedicated to the contribution of the European Innovation Partnership on Agricultural Productivity & Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) to the transition to agroecology. Read the UNISECO poster here.
Prepared by the Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia and CREA – with contributions from all UNISECO project partners - Deliverable D5.1 from WP5 presents the results of an inventory of examples of market and policy incentives, implemented at different levels (EU, national and local), that serve to support transition processes towards Agro-Ecological Farming Systems (AEFS).
On 13 June 2019 afieldday for farmerswasorganisedbyDémétér Biosystemsin Somogy countyatone of the UNISECO casestudyfarmstodiscussabout the directeffects of climatechange, the importance of soilhealth, soilcarbon, the use of covercrops, aswellastechnicaldetails and practices of cultivatingmaize and sunflowerwith no-tillmethods.
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.
Participatory case studies are carried out in 15 European countries to analyse how socio-economic and policy barriers for agro-ecological transitions can be addressed.
This will feed into the co-construction of innovative management strategies and market and policy incentives promoting agro-ecological transitions and the assessment of the sustainability implications and trade-offs of the different transition paths.
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.
Prepared by the Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information (UZEI) and the James Hutton Institute – with contributions from all UNISECO project partners - Deliverable D2.2 from WP2 proposes a three-dimensional typology that deals with the complexity of farming systems that are transitioning towards agro-ecological farming and presents the process and outcome of the case study selection in UNISECO.
Prepared by the James Hutton Institute, Thünen Institute and the Agricultural University of Athens – with contributions from all UNISECO project partners - Deliverable D7.2 of WP7 describes the transdisciplinary framework for the UNISECO project and provides guidance for the engage-ment with the Multi-Actor Platforms (MAPs) to facilitate meaningful interactions for shared learning, integration and co-construction of innovative, actionable knowledge to promote agro-ecological transitions.
Fourteen farmers who will take part in the Swedish case study gathered for two days at the kick-off the Swedish case study on livestock farm diversification to get to know each other, receive information about the UNISECO project and to start discussing transitions to more sustainable farming practices.
What are interesting scenarios for future European agriculture to investigate in UNISECO? This question and other issues related to the participatory scenario development process being carried out as part of the territorial modelling in UNISECO were discussed with stakeholders at a workshop in Brussels on 1st March 2019.
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.
Today a joint seminar of the UNISECO and LIFT projects took place at DG Agri to introduce the UNISECO and LIFT projects to relevant units of DG Agri and DG ENV and to facilitate science-policy interaction.
Prepared by the European Landowners’ Organisation, the Agricultural University of Athens, James Hutton Institute and Thünen Institute, Deliverable D7.1 from WP7 provides guidelines for the selection of Multi-Actor Platform (MAP) members.
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.
Prepared by ISARA-Lyon, the James Hutton Institute, the Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information (UZEI), and CREA, Deliverable D2.1 from WP2 explains the adapted Social-Ecological Systems (SES) framework for the sustainability assessment of agro-ecological farming systems in UNISECO.
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.