Time: 25-26 August 2010
Location: Estonia, Rakvere
EU farmers and policy makers increasingly acknowledge that biodiversity and agricultural production need not necessarily be in conflict, but can potentially strengthen each other. Understanding the relations between biodiversity and sustainable agricultural production and translating such knowledge into management practices that can be applied at the scale of farms and landscapes, is of key importance for a robust and environmentally friendly agriculture in Europe. In this context, the concept of Functional AgroBiodiversity (FAB) has recently been introduced. FAB has been defined as “those elements of biodiversity at the scale of agricultural fields or landscapes, which provide ecosystem services that support sustainable agricultural production and can also deliver benefits to the regional and global environment and the public at large”.
The project „European Learning Network on Functional AgroBiodiversity“ (ELN-FAB) aims to bring together the knowledge and practical experience of agrobiodiversity. The network is set to provide a platform and facility for exchange of knowledge and practical experiences with other EU Member States, between farmers, policymakers, scientists, businesses and NGOs, to enable fast and effective implementation of best practices in order to help to optimize agrobiodiversity benefits and promote sustainable agriculture.
Purpose of the event: During the 1,5 day seminar we will get familiar with the Functional Agrobiodiversity concept, what are the drivers behind this approach and what we can do to make natural processes to work for us to achieve food production together with healthy ecosystem. Seminar includes also a field trip.
Target groups: We expect to the seminar people from scientific communities, policymakers who are related to agri-environment policy and representatives of the farmers’ community.
- The Estonian Agricultural Research Centre
- The Estonian Ministry of Agriculture
- European Centre for Nature Conservation (host of ELN-FAB)
The Seminar is financed by the Technical Assistance measure of Estonian RDP 2007-2013 and is free of charge (including program, coffee and tea, lunches, dinner and excursion), participants are expected to cover their accommodation and travel cost. Seminar is held in English and you are welcome to present a poster during the seminar.
Landscape changes and agriculture Kalev Sepp
The ELN-FAB concept Veronika Mikos
Practical agrobiodiversity Mirjam Pulleman
Promoting biodiversity in multi-functional landscapes - Solabio Marion Liberloo
How shelterbelts can stimulate biocenotic regulation? Krzysztof Kujawa
Exploitation of parasitoids of the pollen beetle Heikki Hokkanen
Targeted biocontrol of strawberry grey mould Ingeborg Menzler-Hokkanen
What´s beyond our sight? Soil fauna biodiversity in field soils Stefan Schrader
Farmland biodiversity – in the hands and minds of farmers Johan Ahnström