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Project kick off meeting for enhancing European rural areas

4 July 2013 at 08:00 - 5 July 2013 at 17:00

Agricultural land use in Europe has a significant impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services on and outside Natura 2000 sites. EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and its ‘second pillar’ funds – distributed by Member States through the Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) – thus indirectly affect rural biodiversity and ecosystems. RDPs should contribute to the conservation of rural biodiversity and (mainly small-scale) traditional agricultural practices also through High Nature Value (HNV) farming, as it has been proposed in the Community’s Strategic Guidelines for Rural Development, 2007 – 2013. As it is the case with many other EU planning processes, by December 2013 Member States should upgrade RDPs and the result will have fundamental effects not only on rural communities, but also on rural biodiversity and ecosystems. Besides, other funding mechanisms under CAP, which hinder achieving targets of HNV farming and EU’s Biodiversity Strategy, should be assessed especially in the frame of the greening of the CAP.

Therefore, it is essential that NGOs get familiar with the current and future policies and practices and provide input to these procedures for a greener agriculture and rural development. Activities of CEEweb Rural Development Working Group will focus on the realization of these needs.

Metting Agenda of the meeting can be downloaded from .

Participants in the kick off meeting will:

  • exchange information about current practices and implementation
  • get information on measures available under the next CAP
  • discuss the planned activities, tasks, dates in terms of HNV and RDP
  • discuss further co-operation activities

Meeting documents

In case you are interested to join please contact Nat Page, project coordinators and Veronika Kiss, project assistant.


4 July 2013 am31 08:00
5 July 2013 pm31 17:00


CEEweb Policy Office
Széher út 40., Budapest, 1021 Hungary