Baltic Sea Regional Conference



Quo vadis, farmland biodiversity? (pdf)


2 days: November 14th -15th, 2012
Estonia, Tartu Dorpat Conference Centre


The EU has introduced several measures to help stabilise and strengthen the existing agricultural biodiversity in Europe and reduce the potentially harmful impacts of farming. Europe’s agricultural policy makers acknowledge the need to design strategic approaches capable of promoting farm profitability whilst avoiding actions that damage natural resources. But relationships between farm practices and the diversity of natural resources are not always clear; they are complex, differ by region and are long in the making.
Understanding the relations between biodiversity and sustainable agricultural production and translating such knowledge into supported management practices that can be applied at the scale of farms and landscapes is of key importance for an environmentally friendly agriculture in Europe whilst also in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR).

Purpose of the conference:

The conference will bring together a range of stakeholders with an active interest in the farmland biodiversity of the BSR in order to discuss a) the current situation with farmland biodiversity in the region and b) what can be done together to improve it? The conference aims especially to begin the process of developing a common position and practical policy recommendations for all Baltic Sea countries regarding appropriate biodiversity measures to be applied in the framework of CAP 2013+.

Target groups:
Approximately 75 people in total working with CAP and RDP preparation, implementation, control and evaluation issues & experts/scientists of farmland biodiversity in the BSR.


The Estonian Agricultural Research Centre,
Department of Agricultural Research and Monitoring

The Estonian Ministry of Agriculture,
Department of Rural Development


Key dates of the conference :

    • • Draft program available and call for registration opens

5 September 2012

    • • Submission of posters closes

15 October 2012

    • • Call for registration closes

15 October 2012

    • • Confirmation of participation by

20 October 2012

    the latest


The Conference is financed by the Technical Assistance measure of Estonian RDP 2007-2013 and is free of charge (coffee breaks, lunches). Participants are expected to cover their accommodation and travel costs.