The Hotel, Brussels

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
09:00 - 14:30 (CET)

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) plays a crucial role in aiming to transition to and maintain sustainable practices while addressing biodiversity loss and the challenges of climate change. Despite an annual spending of €12.1 billion on environmentally oriented measures, concerns persist about the ongoing decline of biodiversity in Europe and the unmet environmental goals. The main questions are why the current agri-environmental schemes cannot fulfill the necessary environmental impact and how the CAP could better help halt biodiversity loss in Europe.

To answer these questions, the use of analytical tools is critical. For this reason, results from three H2020 European research projects affiliated with the AGRIMODEL cluster (BESTMAP, AGRICORE, MINDSTEP) were presented and discussed with a high-stakes panel of stakeholders. This discussion included scientific evidence, facts, and figures regarding the current impact of agro-environmental policies, as well as possible policy suggestions.

The ultimate goal is to formulate a set of recommendations, which will be presented at the Forum for the Future of Agriculture in March 2024, the premier meeting place in Brussels to debate sustainable agriculture and environmental challenges, attracting diverse stakeholders, from international institutions to farmers, NGOs, and businesses.

Audio recordings and summaries of the event are available below. Slides can be viewed here.

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2024 Research lessons to inform future CAP reform – Welcome and keynote video image

2024 Research lessons to inform future CAP reform – Welcome and keynote

Tassos Haniotis, Gabriele Sacchettini

2024 Research lessons to inform future CAP reform – The BESTMAP project video image

2024 Research lessons to inform future CAP reform – The BESTMAP project

Tomáš Václavík, James Bullock

2024 Research lessons to inform future CAP reform – The MIND STEP Model Toolbox video image

2024 Research lessons to inform future CAP reform – The MIND STEP Model Toolbox

John Helming

Summaries from this event

Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order)

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Lisa Baldi

Researcher, Agricultural Economics, University of Parma

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Researcher, Agricultural Economics, University of Parma

Lisa is a researcher in Agricultural Economics at the University of Parma (UNIPR), Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability. She holds one master’s degree in Political Sciences and International Economics from the University of Milan and a second master’s degree, in Sciences and Technology for the Environment and the Resources gained at the University of Parma where she is now Ph.D candidate in Ecology and Agricultural Economics modelling. Her field of research focuses on predicting the effect of the Common Agricultural Policy measures on the supply of ecosystem services through positive agent-based modelling. She is the UNIPR Project Coordinator within the AGRICORE project, actively contributing and overseeing the progress of the AGRICORE Agent Based Model's development.

With nearly two decades of experience as IT Consultant based in Brussels, she has accumulated substantial expertise as a Project and Team Manager through numerous consulting engagements in the private sector.

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James Bullock

UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

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UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Professor James Bullock is a globally-leading expert on the spatial dynamics and management of biodiversity. He has >280 peer-reviewed publications and has  been in the top 1% of his field by citation every year since 2019. James has developed new knowledge on restoration and rewilding that includes two of the seven most-cited papers on restoration in the last 15 years, the most cited paper on rewilding in the last five years. He has edited two books on dispersal and used mathematical and statistical models to further understanding of ecological dynamics over large scales.

James has also pushed forward ecosystem service science, with numerous projects on their measurement and modelling. His expertise in these areas comes together in research on sustainable farming, future environmental scenarios and conservation planning – all with the aim to find solutions to the biodiversity crisis. His forte is in working across research areas and he has recently developed a new complexity paradigm for restoration, led a project linking climate change, socio-economics, pollution and biodiversity loss, and developed National Capability research linking net zero with agro-ecology.

James leads large projects with multidisciplinary teams within UKCEH, across UK HEIs, and involving partners in Europe, the USA and Africa, funded by the European Commission, NERC, ESRC and Defra. He undertakes applied research for government departments, UK and EU agencies and the private sector. He has led several stakeholder events involving NGOs, industry, farmers and government.

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Tassos Haniotis

Special Advisor for Sustainable Productivity, Forum for the Future of Agriculture

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Special Advisor for Sustainable Productivity, Forum for the Future of Agriculture

Tassos Haniotis recently retired, after a 33-year career in the Commission, as the Director of Strategy, Simplification and Policy Analysis in the Directorate General for Agriculture of the European Commission. He previously held posts as Head of Unit in the Agricultural Policy Analysis and Perspectives unit and the Agricultural Trade Policy Analysis unit in the same Directorate General, as Member and subsequently Deputy Head of the Cabinet of former European Commissioner for Agriculture Franz Fischler (with respective responsibilities the preparation of the 2003 reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, and the agricultural chapter of the Doha WTO Round and the EU-Mercosur negotiations), and as the Agricultural Counsellor of the European Commission’s Delegation in the United States. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia, USA, and a B.A. in Economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business, in his native Greece. Before joining the European Commission, he spent six months as a visiting Fellow at the Centre for European Agricultural Studies, Wye College, University of London, focusing on EU-US agricultural trade relations in the Uruguay Round of GATT negotiations. He hold a Honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Thessaloniki. Active in the ag research community, he is a member of the International and European Associations of Ag Economics, the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium, and the EU Nitrogen Expert Panel.
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John Helming

Senior Researcher, Wageningen Economic Research

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Senior Researcher, Wageningen Economic Research

Dr. John Helming is a senior researcher working at Wageningen Economic Research (WEcR). He has more than 25 years of experience in applied economic, technical and environmental modelling at farm, agricultural sector and economy wide levels for policy analysis. Most recent work is in the field of coordinating further development of farm economic models at WEcR. He is one of the coordinators of the EU H2020 project MIND STEP focussing on behaviour of individual decision makers in farm economic modelling.

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Antonia Lütteken

Policy Officer, Environmental Sustainability Unit, DG AGRI, European Commission

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Policy Officer, Environmental Sustainability Unit, DG AGRI, European Commission

Antonia Lütteken is a Policy Officer in the unit ‘Environmental Sustainability’ of DG AGRI in the European Commission. The unit is responsible for the environmental and climatic sustainability aspects of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and provides guidance and support to colleagues in geographical units and Member States. In particular, the unit promotes the integration of climate change and environmental concerns into the CAP by supporting the design, development and implementation of targeted CAP measures (conditionality and green interventions) and helping ensure their consistency within the so-called green architecture of the CAP, in close relation with the relevant climate and environmental legislation and objectives at EU and international level. Antonia is team leader of the group focussing on environment and climate related subjects in the framework of support for rural development,  ensuring a consistent approach across Member States for those instruments in the past and current programming period of the CAP. Antonia holds a diploma and PhD in agricultural economics. She works in the Commission since 2004.

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Elisabet Nadeu

Senior Policy Analyst, CAP and Food, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

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Senior Policy Analyst, CAP and Food, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

Elisabet joined the CAP and Food team at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) in October 2022. Her work focuses on developing a sustainable food system in the EU and reducing the impacts of agriculture to the environment. Before joining IEEP, Elisabet worked for several years at the RISE Foundation, co-authoring several reports focused on the sustainable management of resources in agriculture. She also previously worked as a researcher at the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (Spain), and the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), focusing on soil erosion and its impact on the carbon cycle.

Elisabet holds a BS in Environmental Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a PhD in Physical Geography from the University of Murcia. She is fluent in English, Catalan, Spanish and French.

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Ignacio Perez-Dominguez

Scientific Officer, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

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Scientific Officer, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Ignacio currently works on different projects dealing with environmental and agricultural economics, mainly from the quantitative side. Including the issues of policy data analysis, result dissemination and team work management in the agri-environmental research are particularly attractive for Ignacio. Lately he has dedicated more and more time to the analysis of world grain markets

During his research period in Bonn (years 2001 to 2006), he was able to gain significant responsibility in project management and at the same time finish his Doctorate studies on Agricultural Economics, focusing his thesis work on climate change mitigation instruments. From 2007 to 2009, he worked as an economist in the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (Joint Research Center, European Commission) where he was strongly involved in the conceptualisation and implementation model networks for agricultural policy analysis. There he coordinated different projects, related to medium-term market developments in agriculture, biofuel economics, economic implications of the ‘health-check’ reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, compilation of large-scale databases and the analysis of greenhouse gases from agriculture.

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Ana Rocha

Director - EU Agriculture & Forestry policies, European Landowners' Organization

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Director - EU Agriculture & Forestry policies, European Landowners' Organization

Ana Rocha is an agricultural engineer and is currently leading the Agriculture and Forestry Policy team at the ELO. She has consolidated professional experience in EU lobbying, representing the interests of European landowners and land managers for more than ten years. She remains involved in a small family farm in Portugal.

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Tomáš Václavík

Palacky University Olomouc

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Palacky University Olomouc

Tomáš has a broad interest in the applications of GIScience & Remote Sensing in ecology and environmental studies. Guided by the conceptual framework of Landscape Ecology and Biogeography, his work focuses on understanding the effects of natural and anthropogenic processes, especially land-use change, on biodiversity and ecosystem services. He strives to pursue interdisciplinary research that combines ecological theories with field and RS data, GIS spatial analysis, statistical computation, and predictive modelling to address the spatial dimensions of human-environmental problems.

Confirmed Moderators (in alphabetical order)

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Emmanuelle Mikosz

Forum for the Future of Agriculture Programme Director

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Forum for the Future of Agriculture Programme Director

In January 2022 Emmanuelle Mikosz took the role of 'Forum for the Future of Agriculture' Programme Director. Previously she was the coordinator of the regional events of the Forum. Since 2005 Emmanuelle has been an ELO adviser specialised in property rights, agricultural and environmental policies dedicated to Central & Eastern European countries. Trained as a lawyer, she earned a Master of Arts degree from the College of Europe (Natolin). Emmanuelle is involved on a daily basis with the formulation of ELO members' positions regarding national land laws and management of enterprises. The European Landowners’ Organization - ELO asbl, created in 1972, is a unique federation of national associations from the EU27, which represents the interests of the landowners, land and forest managers and rural entrepreneurs at the European political level. Emmanuelle is the Editor-in-Chief of the ELO bimonthly "Countryside Magazine", edited in English, French and Spanish. She is also an expert representing ELO at different international events as well as at the European Commission Civil dialogue groups or biogeographical consultations processes. She has a personal interest in innovation and research policies, including aviation and protection of data regulations. She believes that the future of European agriculture relies on sustainable development hand in hand with the protection of biodiversity and access to water.

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Gabriele Sacchettini

Project Manager, RISE Foundation

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Project Manager, RISE Foundation

Gabriele holds a degree in Economic Social Sciences from the Università degli Studi di Firenze, after obtaining a Master SMEA in the management of the Agro-food sector. In 2014 he earned a Ph.D. from the doctoral school Agrisystem of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza. Until the end of 2015 Gabriele was working as a temporary research associate for the OPERA research center of the same university. From 2016 to 2023 he worked as EU projects Coordinator at the academic spinoff Aeiforia. He also worked as Managing Director at OpenTEA srl, a start up company providing scientific communication and dissemination services as well as support in the EU project proposals setup and management. Since the beginning of 2023 he has worked as Project Manager at the RISE foundation, think tank in Brussels.

Agenda

Feb 07, 2024

09:00 - 14:30 (CET)

The Hotel, Brussels

09:00 - 09:30 (CET)

Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 - 09:45 (CET)

Welcome and keynote address

Policy design in challenging times – The role of analytical tools in the CAP Policy debate

  • Tassos Haniotis – Special Advisor for Sustainable Productivity, Forum for the Future of Agriculture, Senior Guest Research Scholar at IIASA, Former Director for “Strategy, Simplification and Policy Analysis” in the DG AGRI

Moderators

  • Gabriele Sacchettini – RISE Foundation
  • Emmanuelle Mikosz – Deputy & Programme Director, Forum for the Future of Agriculture

09:45 - 11:15 (CET)

Examples from H2020 European research projects

9:45 – 10:15: Behavioural, ecological and socio-economic tools for modelling agricultural policy – The BESTMAP project

  • Tomáš Václavík – Palacký University Olomouc
  • James Bullock – UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

10:15 – 10:45: Modelling Agricultural Individual Decision making – The MIND STEP Model Toolbox

  • John Helming – Senior Researcher at Wageningen Economic Research

10:45 – 11:15: AGRICORE, an Agent Based support tool for the development of agricultural policies

  • Lisa Baldi, Researcher, University of Parma

11:15 - 11:35 (CET)

Coffee break and poster session

Poster session: Impact of agro-environmental policies in regional case studies across the UK, Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, and Serbia.

11:35 - 12:15 (CET)

From regional case studies to European policy recommendations

  • James Bullock – UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

12:15 - 13:00 (CET)

Panel discussion and dialogue

  • Ignacio Perez-Dominguez – Scientific Officer, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Antonia Lütteken – DG AGRI, European Commission
  • Tassos Haniotis – Senior Guest Research Scholar at IIASA, Former Director for “Strategy, Simplification and Policy Analysis” in the DG AGRI
  • Elisabet Nadeu – Senior Policy Analyst, CAP and Food, IEEP
  • Ana Rocha – Director of EU’s Agri & Forestry-Related Policies, European Landowners’ Organization

13:00 - 13:15 (CET)

Reactions by EU Project Coordinators

  • John Helming, Senior Researcher, Wageningen Economic Research
  • MINDSTEP Project
  • Lisa Baldi, Researcher University of Parma – AGRICORE Project

13:15 - 14:30 (CET)

Networking lunch and poster session

Poster session: Impact of agro-environmental policies in regional case studies across the UK, Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, and Serbia.

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