EURAF organised the first European Scientific Conference on agroforestry in Brussels on 9-10 October 2012, with participants from 17 European countries and delegates from America and Africa. Evidence of outstanding productivity and efficient provision of ecosystem services was discussed at the conference, with more than 50 papers offered to the audience. The book of abstracts is now available on-line.
During the Conference, an event titled “Agroforestry: Trees for a Sustainable European Agriculture” was organized at the European Parliament. The event was chaired by MEP Gaston Franco, and organised by the European Parliament Intergroup “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development”. This was the first time that agroforestry was promoted at the European Parliament level. The response was very positive, with Mrs Benitez Salas from the European Commission commenting that “Agroforestry is a rediscovered form of sustainable and creative agriculture.” Access the presentations.
As a conclusion to the Conference, all EURAF participants agreed with the 7 following statements:
More detailed suggestions for an agroforestry-friendly Common Agricultural Policy are available on the EURAF website: www.agroforestry.eu.
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