Meeting the Food & Environmental Challenge

Thursday, September 13, 2012
08:00 - 16:00 (CET)

The regional conference of the Forum for the Future of Agriculture took place for the first time in Czech Republic. The conference itself took place in the Chateau Karlova Koruna in Chlumec nad Cidlinou with green NGOs, the agro-industry and private landowners in attendance, as well as representatives from the several stakeholder groups, including the younger generation with Young Friends of the Countryside. High level speakers and more than 100 participants contributed to the debate structured in three panels.


Sep 13, 2012

08:00 - 16:00 (CET)

08:00 - 09:30 (CET)

Departure from Mandarin Hotel by bus towards Chlumec nad Cidlinou

09:30 - 10:00 (CET)

Registration & Coffee

10:00 - 10:10 (CET)


  • Ing. Petr BENDL, Minister of Agriculture of the Czech Republic (tbc)

10:10 - 10:30 (CET)

Introduction and latest updates on the FFA 2012,

  •  Thierry de l’ ESCAILLE, Secretary General, European Landowners’ Organization

10:30 - 11:30 (CET)

Session I- CAP post-2013: how does it contribute to sustainable intensification?

Keynote Speaker:

  • Prof. Allan BUCKWELL, Adviser on CAP for ELO


  • Representative of the European Commission, DG AGRI (tbc)
  • Ing. Jaroslav PRAŽAN, Head of the Department for Rural Development (UZEI)
  • Ing. Josef STEHLIK, President, Czech Association of Private Farmers (ASZ)
  • Ing. Michal POSPIŠIL, President, Czech Landowners’ Organization (SVP)

Moderator: Dr. Constantin KINSKÝ, member of Friends of the Countryside and land manager

11:30 - 12:30 (CET)

Panel II: Maintaining and enhancing biodiversity in the farmed and forested landscape

Keynote speaker:

  • Dr. Tomáš CHALUPA, Czech Minister for Environment


  • Representative of the Lithuanian Private Farmers Association (tbc)
  • Representative from the Czech Agency for Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection (AOPK) (tbc)
  • Dr. Ing. Petr MARADA, Mendel University of Brno, Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Engineering
  • Ing. Stanislav JANSKÝ, Vice – Chairman of the Czech Private Foresters Association, (SVOL)

Moderator: Dr. Ing. Antonín BUČEK, Mendel University of Brno, Department of Forest Botany, Dendrology and Geobiocoenology.

Q&A and debate

12:30 - 13:00 (CET)

Coffee & Snacks Break

13:00 - 14:00 (CET)

Panel III: Greening in practice: experience and future challenges in the Czech Republic rural areas

  • Ing. Václav ZÁMEČNĺK, Czech society for Ornithology (ČSO)
  • Ing. Jan PEŠOUT, private landowner:
  • Dr. Hans Theo JACHMANN, President, Syngenta Germany

Moderator: Thierry de l’ ESCAILLE, Secretary General European Landowners’ Organization (ELO)

14:00 - 15:00 (CET)

Lunch Break

15:00 - 16:00 (CET)

Afternoon program with field visit to the pollinator strips implemented on the property of the company Kinsky dal Borgo a.s.

Departure for Prague

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