Stakeholder advisory board
Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) GERMANY Contact person: RÖSLER MarkusNABU stands for Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union. NABU focuses on threatened habitats, flora and fauna, climate protection and energy policies. They have around 450.000 members, 30.000 volunteers in practical work and 1.500 local groups (district and region) Of those 75.000 are young members and part of NAJU
Foundation Global Nature SPAINContact person: DE MIGUEL BEASCOECHA Eduardo Global nature is a non-profit organisation founded in Spain in 2001. It develops pilot projects such as transhumance routes, sustainable management of dehesas in Caceres and restoration of wetlands in la Nava and Villacanas, in Palencia and Toledo. Global Nature works mainly on habitat restoration (9,000 ha) with farmers and landowners (public and private). The strategy is to sign agreements with land owners so that they take care for the land and preserve its ecological value.
GIREA-UCL BELGIUM Contact person: WALOT ThierriGIREA (Inter-Universities Group for Research in Applied Ecology) is a study Group (NGO) that mainly help regional authorities developing and applying environmental legislation (Impact assessment, management plans for natural sites, N2000, Ecological maintenance of road verges, agro-environment, …). In the field of agro-environment GIREA coordinate the assessment and the development of the scheme and also contribute to the coordination of the advisers who help farmers taking contracts (targeted part of the AES).
Plantlife International ENGLAND/Europe Contact person: STILL KatePlantlife International is a charity dedicated exclusively to conserving all forms of plant life in their natural habitats, in the UK, Europe and across the world.
Parco del Ticino ITALY Contact person: DE PAOLA ClaudioGoal of Parco del Ticino was to have a new approach in farming systems, maintain a good level of income, as well as diversify their production. We support 437 farms involved in sustainable agriculture (integrated agriculture, landscape management, product labelling and direct marketing). We develop the multifunctionality of the farms.
Bird Life International EUROPE Contact person: BRUNER ArielBirdLife International is a Global Partnership of conservation organisations that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. BirdLife Partners operate in over one hundred countries and territories worldwide. Learn more in BirdLife Partners. BirdLife Partners collaborate on regional work programmes in every continent. Learn more in Regional Work. Global Partnership explains how BirdLife International is organised.
Green Balkans BULGARIA Contact person: NIKOLOV Hristo and MARIN SimeonGreen Balkans is a leading organization in the field of conservation of rare species and habitats in Bulgaria. The Organization was established in 1988 being Bulgaria’s oldest nature conservation NGO. For its almost 20 years’ existence, Green Balkans has won recognition from international and national institutions, authorities, and donors as a welcome partner and a highly reputable and competent organization. This is proven by the public confidence in the Organization and its almost 4,500 Bulgarian and foreign members. Thanks to Green Balkans’ hundreds of volunteers and experts, as well as the international and national support, the Society achieved significant results in the preservation of Bulgaria’s unique natural heritage. More than 110 projects have been implemented, as their investment in nature conservation exceeds $ 3,5 million. Green Balkans operates in accordance with the Non-Profit Legal Entities Act. Green Balkans is a NON-profit, NON-governmental, and NON-political organization. For that reason, and based on the principles set out in the Organization’s Statutes, Green Balkans does not deal with political issues, neither does it participate in the political forces’ campaigns. For its almost 20 years’ history, Green Balkans has proven to be a genuine and impartial defender of Bulgaria’s nature, regardless of the political parties in power and the policy they proclaim, and despite the risks of collisions with the political forces or the managing institutions.
DEFRA United Kingdom Contact person: BAYLIS MarkDefra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) is a Government Department in the UK. The overarching challenge for Defra is to secure a healthy environment in which we and future generations can prosper. As we build a low carbon, resource efficient economy, Defra helps people to adapt to changes, deals with environmental risks and makes the most of the opportunity we now have to secure a sustainable society and a healthy environment. This will help see us through the difficult economic times, volatile food and energy prices and a changing climate which all make us more aware that we can’t take our environment for granted. Defra’s strategy has been formalised in the Comprehensive Spending Review. The creation of the Department for Energy and Climate Change in October 2008 gave rise to our revised set of Public Service Agreements and Departmental Strategic. Policy is developed by the core Department and delivered through Defra's delivery network partners, both working together. Defra delivers its services working in partnership with our delivery network.
Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics LITHUANIAContact person: ZEMECHIS RomualdasThe Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics was founded in 1990 after reorganisation of the former Lithuanian Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, establishment of which comes back to 1959. The founder of the Institute is the Ministry of Agriculture. 40 researchers are engaged in scientific work including 19 doctors. High importance is determined to analysis and prognosis of micro and macro processes in the field of scientific research and information management. The Institute is also working on important issues of agricultural and rural development. During last years the researchers pay special attention to agricultural policy survey, taking into consideration Lithuania’s integration into the EU.
Institut National des Appelations d’Origine contrôlée (INAO) FRANCE Contact person: FABIAN ThierryThe French National Institute for Origin and quality products (INAO) is responsible for the management of quality and origin signs (AOC/PDO; PGI; Organic Farming; TSG; Label Rouge). INAO is a public sector organisation operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Agriculture
Copa-Cogeca EUROPE Contact person: BENITES CynthiaCOPA (Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations) is made up of 60 farmer organisations from the countries of the European Union and 36 partner organisations from other European countries such as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. This broad membership allows COPA to represent both the general and specific interests of farmers in the European Union. Since its inception, COPA has been recognised by the Community authorities as the organisation speaking on behalf of the European agricultural sector as a whole. COGECA (General Committee for Agricultural Cooperation in the European Union) – which also includes fisheries cooperatives. COGECA’ s Secretariat merged with that of COPA on 1 December 1962. COGECA is made up of 35 full members and 4 affiliated members from the EU. COGECA also has 36 partner members. The objectives of COPA-COGECA are: • to examine any matters related to the development of the Common Agricultural Policy • to represent the interests of the agricultural sector as a whole • to seek solutions which are of common interest, and to maintain and develop relations with the Community authorities and with any other representative organisations or social partners established at European level.
BioForum Wallonia/IFOAM EUROPE Contact person: GODDEN BernardRegional platform of the organic sector, BioForum Wallonie centralizes the positions of the organic operators and tries to come to common positions. BioForum both presents and defends the interests of Wallonia’s organic sector before the regional, national and international authorities. BioForum Wallonie as chain council representing the organic agriculture promotes: a balanced development of production, processing, distribution and consumption; a development anticipating an evolution in the European specifications towards more coherent standards, banning the use of chemicals of synthesis or GMO’s, and taking into account social and environmental criteria; a regional development favouring chains organized on a regional level with connexions in neighbouring regions; a fair development favouring partnership relationships rather than free market trade; a sustainable development taking into account such criteria as health, environment, employment and culture. Concretely, BioForum concentrates on: the area of institutional catering a reflection on the specifications used in the organic agriculture
Joined research Centre (JRC) – Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) EUROPE Contact person: PARACCHINI Maria Luisa The JRC is a Directorate-General of the European Commission under the responsibility of Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for Research. Its Board of Governors assists and advices the Director General on matters relating to the role and the scientific, technical and financial management of the JRC. The seven JRC institutes are located on five separate sites in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. Being a European centre of scientific and technical reference covering the entire range of environmental sciences, the European Commission's Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) is at the forefront in providing research-based support for the development and implementation of European environmental policies. The IES is a key player in delivering results of cutting-edge basic and applied environmental research to society and uses its expertise and state-of-the-art research facilities to act globally in co-operation with major international organisations.
Consumer Forum SWITZERLAND Contact person: KLEMM UrsThis Forum belongs to the regional group of the Swiss consumers association from 1992-1996 and in that capacity also member of the Swiss board of the consumers association. Since the year 2001 it participates to the advisory expert committee of the research agronomic station, and member of the the FECB (federal expert commission on Biosafety), a permanent federal advisory committee, that advises the Federal Council and the federal agencies on the drafting of laws, ordinances, guidelines and recommendations. It advises the federal and cantonal authorities on the enforcement of these regulations. It issues statements on license applications and publishes recommendations on safety measures for studies using genetically modified or pathogenic organisms.
Niederosterreichische Agrarbezirksbehörde (NA) AUSTRIA Contact person: MAYRHOFER PeterNA is the “administration for agriculture and rural development“ of the provincial government of Lower Austria (LA). They try to develop, implement and realize subsidies and payments for LA farmers. Since 1990 they develop(ed) the Ecopoint system as a subsidy system for farmers for the upkeep of cultivated landscape and for the promotion of environmentally adequate farming methods and low intensive farming. Since Austria joined the EU in 1995, the Ecopoint system is part of the Austrian environmental program (called ÖPUL)., it is an independent program in LA – the farmers can choose to take part in the overall program ÖPUL or in the Ecopoint program. Now, in 2009, around 6700 farmers are part of the Ecopoint program (from around 34000 farmers in LA).
Eurostat EUROPE Contact person: SELENIUS JohanEurostat’s mission is to provide the European Union with a high-quality statistical information service. Eurostat is the Statistical Office of the European Communities situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions. This is a key task. Democratic societies do not function properly without a solid basis of reliable and objective statistics. On one hand, decision-makers at EU level, in Member States, in local government and in business need statistics to make those decisions. On the other hand, the public and media need statistics for an accurate picture of contemporary society and to evaluate the performance of politicians and others. Of course, national statistics are still important for national purposes in Member States whereas EU statistics are essential for decisions and evaluation at European level.
DG Environment EUROPE Contact person: ZAUNBERGER KarinThe Directorate-General for the Environment is one of the more than 40 Directorates-General and services that make up the European Commission. Commonly referred to as DG Environment, the objective of the Directorate-General is to protect, preserve and improve the environment for present and future generations. To achieve this it proposes policies that ensure a high level of environmental protection in the European Union and that preserve the quality of life of EU citizens. The four priorities of the DG for the years 2002 to 2012 are climate change; nature and biodiversity; environment, health and quality of life; and natural resources and waste. The DG makes sure that Member States correctly apply EU environmental law. In doing so it investigates complaints made by citizens and non-governmental organisations and can take legal action if it is deems that EU law has been infringed. In certain cases DG Environment represents the European Union in environmental matters at international meetings such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity. The DG also finances projects that contribute to environmental protection in the EU. Since 1992 some 2,600 projects have received some financing from LIFE, the EU's financial instrument for the environment.
DG Agriculture EUROPE Contact person: CINTI StefanoThe European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development is responsible for the implementation of agriculture and rural development policy, the latter being managed in conjunction with the other DGs which deal with structural policies. It is made up of 13 Directorates dealing with all aspects of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) including market measures, rural development policy, financial matters as well as international relations relating to agriculture. The mission of the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development is to promote the sustainable development of Europe's agriculture and to ensure the well-being of its rural areas. A review exercise of the 2003 reform, launched under the term “Health Check“, has found political agreement in November 2008. Rules for direct payments have been reviewed and simplified. The Health Check also increases modulation rates and thus allows better response to new challenges, such as climate change, the need for better water management, the protection of biodiversity and the production of energy from biomass. Member States will also be able to assist dairy farmers in sensitive regions adjust and prepare for a situation without quotas. The implementation of this agreement is a major task for 2009. In rural development, apart from the adaptation of programmes to the outcome of the Health Check, a major focus is on a Communication addressing the review of the Less Favoured Areas Scheme. Another Communication is planned on agricultural products quality policy, which takes into account the results of the Green Paper consultation and covers the requirements and standards met by farmers that go beyond hygiene and safety, the EU marketing standards, the EU quality schemes and the food quality certification schemes.