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Italian final PROVIDE seminar

PROVIDE

The PROVIDE Final Conference in Italy was held in July, 11th at the Region Emilia-Romagna.

The overall project results and the most relevant policy implications from PROVIDE were presented by Davide Viaggi to the several stakeholders and interested practitioners who attended the meeting. Details on the Public Goods valuation results and relevant insights from governance mechanisms, both related to the hot spots identified by the project in Emilia-Romagna, were presented by Meri Raggi and Matteo Zavalloni, respectively.

The audience attending the meeting was also acknowledged about the regional agri-environmental measures of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) between past, present and future policy instruments, with a special focus on the new green architecture of the future CAP, both hot topics discussed by the invited CREA partners.

Finally, speakers from CREA introduced an overview of the agri-environmental measures adopted at the national level, leading, after the presentation of the UNISECO and LIFT projects, the audience to discuss and debate in a long session of questions and answers.

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PROVIDE Final Conference

PROVIDE

The 27th of June, in Brussels, at the “Fondation Universitaire” in Rue d’Egmont 11, it has been held the PROVIDE H2020 project Final Conference.

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The project, which explored the provision of Public Goods by EU agriculture and forestry, over three years of work has addressed PGs mapping, valuation, stakeholders participation in policy support and it has also improved governance mechanism design. Empirical results involved regional case studies in 13 countries of the EU and have been built on input from surveys involving more than 5000 households and farms.

The Final Conference aimed at presenting the project results and discussing them with stakeholders and policy makers, also contributing to the current debate on the future of CAP.

After a brief introduction and the whole project presentation, Mr Vincent Cordonnier (DG Agri) showed and discussed the main developments of the future CAP and the new policy tools related to the PGs provision. Successively, BOKU PROVIDE partners discussed the main overall project results, with Mr Sergiu Didicescu (EIP) helping them link the results to the EU perspective and Tomáš Ratinger (Czech PROVIDE partner) discussing the results in a regional perspective.

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The valuation of PGs and the relevance of why and how valuate them for the policy design have been two hot topics discussed by UCO PROVIDE partners with Mr Mike Mackenzie (DG Agri) supporting the debate and all the considerations from the EU perspective.

PGs mapping to support policies for the smartest and most effective PGs provision was discussed by VU PROVIDE partners with the intervention of Mr Andrea Furlan (DG Agri) who showed the main challenges related to mapping and data provision related to the future CAP.

The toolbox beyond PROVIDE has been finally presented by ZALF PROVIDE partners with a focus of the James Hutton Institute PROVIDE partners on the key participation of stakeholders in policy support, the relevance of the toolbox and the dissemination of PROVIDE results by Mr Flavio Conti (ENRD) and the final intervention of Anne Maréchal (IEEP) who highlighted the closeness of the PEGASUS results, the twin PROVIDE project.

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Czech final PROVIDE seminar

PROVIDE

The 26th of June, in Prague, the Technology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences hosted the final seminar of the Czech PROVIDE partner. The objective of the National workshop was to present project results and illustrate and discuss their application in the design of the national implementation of the new CAP.

Decentralised governance of the provision of PGs from agriculture and forestry means considering local (or at least transferred to the local level) demand and supply (or motivation for the PGs provision). Therefore, case studies intentionally investigated the situation of the face to face contacts between suppliers of PGs and actors demanding them. The Czech case studies focus on alternative GMs in which private and semi-private (non-governmental) initiatives play crucial roles. These initiatives, however, use the current support programmes (AEM), the land consolidation measures and the support to rural tourism from the RDP or measures of the Operational Programme “Environment”.

The workshop discussed pros and cons of the non-governmental initiatives; if they can become an important coordinators and facilitators of the provision of PGs and ESS (or if they role is rather complementary) and if they are sufficiently viable and sustainable (gradually financially independent using various ways of funding).