Seminars and Conferences
Brussels, Belgium: 4 March 2013
The workshop was one of a series of ENRD preparatory activities for the new programming period (2014-2020). The event was based on the specific programming guidelines and measures being prepared by the European Commission, as well as the conclusions of the work of the ENRD Focus Group on the delivery of environmental services.
The workshop encouraged knowledge sharing between all stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of Rural Development Programmes (MAs, PAs, NRNs, etc.) with the aim of providing:
- a platform for exchange on the successful programming and design of environment and climate measures; and
- information on available guidelines and tools to accompany the process.
The discussions enhanced the awareness of underlying needs and issues regarding the delivery of environmental services; as well as improved the knowledge of the possibilities offered by the new policy framework. In this context, ensuring a wider stakeholder involvement in the design and preparation of environmental and climate measures was of key importance.
Agenda Items and Presentations
Guidelines for Strategic programming for 2014-2020 and measures related to environment/climate
- The environment climate dimension of RD programming, by C. Derzelle, DG AGRI [PDF ]
- Climate considerations, by K. Kowalczewska, DG CLIMA [PDF ]
- The agri-environment-climate measures, by K. Sulima, DG AGRI [PDF ]
Session 1: Effective assessment of needs and definition of priorities, including external coherence and complementarity
- Raising awareness and improving RDP measures by involving stakeholders in the early stages of program design, by A Schulman, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland [PDF ]
Session 2: Selection of measures, design and implementation
- Using a combination of measures to provide integrated environmental advisory services to farmers in Germany, by B. Rocha, National Rural Network, Germany [PDF ]
Session 3: Effective Delivery of Environmental Services
Outcomes of the Coordination Committee Focus Group on Delivery of environmental services
- Final Report of the CC Focus Group on Delivery of Environmental Services [PDF ]
- Annexes of the Final Report:
|Executive Summary: Final Report of the Focus Group on the Delivery of Environmental Services [PDF ]|
Other relevant documentation
- Thematic Working Group 4: Collective Approaches to Agri-environment Schemes [PDF]
- EAFRD Project brochure on Green Growth: [PDF]
- TWG3 Public Goods Final Report [PDF]
- Brochure on Public Goods and Public Intervention in Agriculture: [PDF]
- Rural Review 7: Public Goods and Rural Development (March 2011): [PDF]
- OSCAR study - Optimal Strategies for Climate change Action in Rural areas
- Study on biodiversity and CAP
- Rural Review 4: Rural Development and Climate Change (May 2010), [PDF]
The workshop encouraged exchange between stakeholders - such as Managing Authorities, Paying Authorities, National Rural Networks and EU organisations - so as to gain a common understanding of successful programming and design of environment and climate measures; and to ensure access to information on available guidelines and tools to accompany the process.
The European Commission provided general programming guidance. Three presentations were delivered highlighting: the environmental-climate dimension of rural development programming; climate considerations; and the agri-environment climate measure. Three discussion sessions re-called the conclusions of the work of the ENRD Focus Group on environmental services on the basis of the different stages of the programming cycle: programming, programme design and implementation.
Specifically, the Sessions focused on:
- Effective assessments of needs and definition of priorities
- Selection of measures, design and implementation
- Effective delivery of environmental services
Some of the key aspects highlighted were:
- The importance of involving stakeholders involved in the earlier stages of programme design and implementation.
- The necessity of accurate needs assessment, based on clear, quantitative and qualitative data. The SWOT analysis is crucial in setting the grounds of how to use simple cost-efficient and controllable measures that could be attractive to farmers, both in terms of financing and implementation.
- The importance of receiving timely, clear and coherent guidelines from the European Commission.
- Introducing changes only if really deemed necessary. Changes should always be justified on the basis of a clear understanding of what works well and what does not.
- The importance of providing trainings for advisors, using a participatory approach, and ensuring sufficient flexibility and time to allow farmers to understand and to be interested in planned results.
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