Simplified Cost Options (SCOs) for agriculture and rural development aim to help improve the implementation EU funds in Rural Europe. Wider use of SCOs is expected in the future and a range of Member State experiences with rural development SCOs are available to review in our publications library – including case studies on irrigation investments in Spain and tillage machinery in Czechia https://bit.ly/RDPSCOs
The total area of forests 'clear-cut' harvested in the EU in 2016-2018 was 49% higher than in 2011-2015. In terms of total biomass harvested (measured in tonnes per hectare), this equates to a 69% increase.
Such findings are from a recent EU study which can help Member States' policymakers to seek a sustainable balance between wood production and other important forest services.
Three main factors are linked with the increase:
• the growing share of forests used for wood production which are reaching harvesting maturity';
• an increase in salvage logging following the rise in natural disturbances (pest, diseases and more extreme weather events caused by climate change);
• the recent expansion of the wood markets, indicated by econometric indicators on forestry, wood-based bioenergy and international trade.
Discover more from the study findings at https://bit.ly/forestharvests
The ENRD is setting up a new Thematic Group (TG), #Rural2040, which will contribute to the “Long Term Vision for Rural Areas” being developed by the European Commission. In a recent webinar organised by Renew Europe, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, stated that the preparation of the vision “should be done in close consultation with people living in rural areas, as well as local and regional authorities”.
You are invited to express your interest in becoming a member of the Thematic Group through this link by 28 August 2020. For more information such as the TG’s description and objectives, as well as the criteria for becoming a member and participating in meetings, please visit the dedicated webpage.
The Climate roadmap for agriculture, published on July 15 in Helsinki, identifies agricultural land use as a key factor for resource efficiency – seventy-five per cent of greenhouse gas emissions from Finnish agriculture come from soil. The report estimates that it is possible to cut the greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture by 29 per cent by 2035 and by 38 per cent by 2050 from the present levels, with the current calculations and without a reduction in production, if the emissions of peatlands are reduced, the efficiency of carbon sequestration in mineral land is intensified, and biogas production and the use of solar energy on farms are increased.
Read more about it here.
The National Bioeconomy Coordination Group (NBCG) of the Presidency of Council of Ministers has recently published the Implementation Action Plan (2020-2025) for the Italian Bioeconomy Strategy BIT II. It includes, among others, a series of relevant targeted actions which have been clustered into four main topics: policy/standards, pilot actions, regeneration of ecosystem services and stakeholders engagement, and showcases concrete projects and examples of Bioeconomy investments which can act as catalyst of socio-economic growth.
The EU Rural Review 29 on 'LEADER achievements' is now available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Croatian.
This EU Rural Review explores how the seven LEADER principles are interpreted today by people who have been deeply involved with implementing LEADER in rural communities across Europe.
The Croatian version is available thanks to the Croatian Rural Network.
A public consultation by the European Commission aims to gather information and feedback from stakeholders and the wider public in relation to the impact of the CAP on biodiversity, soil and water. An online questionnaire is available until 22 October 2020.
The consultation contributes to an upcoming Commission staff working document on the evaluation of the impact of the CAP with respect to natural resources, complementing previous studies and the ongoing evaluation on the impact of the CAP on soil.
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission is launching an online survey to better understand the resilience, constraints and responses of operators in the agri-food chain in order to contribute with the relevant evidence to the EU policy making.
The survey targets companies and businesses (including small enterprises and farmers) active in the production, distribution, processing, wholesale or retail stages of the agri-food supply chain.
The aim is to investigate the resilience, constraints and responses of operators to COVID-19, all along the chain.
The survey should take about 25 minutes and is open until 30 September 2020.
Renew Europe organised the high level webinar 'A vision for rural Europe' on 7 July 2020. Dacian Cioloș, President of Renew Europe group, together with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank, and Iratxe García Pérez, President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament, shared their vision for harnessing the potential of rural areas.
The main messages revolved around the need to capture the diversity of rural Europe in the Long Term Vision and the need to start the process now, linking it to current EU policies such as the CAP Strategic Plans, Cohesion Policy and the Recovery Plan.
Find out more and watch the recordings here.