Newsletter n.43

ONLY ONE WISH FOR 2018:

MAY IT BE HARBINGER OF PEACE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD !

16/01/2018

1.EXPERIENCES: A guide to social agriculture in the Lazio region (Italy)

2.NEWS FROM THE SIP FORUM:

3.NEWS ON SOIL AND EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS: LULUCF

4.WE ARE NOT ALONE!

 

Annunci

A guide to social agriculture in the Lazio region (Italy)

The article on social agriculture in the previous newsletter caught some of our readers’ eye. We were forwarded a book published by the Lazio region, which contains important information on social agricultural communities in Lazio, starting with the famous Capodarco. The new version of the “Guide to Social Agriculture – Lazio” dates from 2015 and shows how much this practice has increased compared to 2011. Starting from 36 in the previous version, the current version presents a total of 96 established communities (not counting an extra 50 or so, who did not respond to the questionnaire). This shows that many young people have returned to agriculture. People who, perhaps due to the economic recession, make social agriculture into an occupation and at the same time are motivated to protect soil, land and values of a human and supportive society. Continua a leggere “A guide to social agriculture in the Lazio region (Italy)”

“Soil is Life!” – World Soil Day on 5 December 2017 at the Italian Cultural Institute, Brussels

World Soil Day saw many standard celebrations throughout the world. By “standard”, we mean expert meetings, official speeches, illustration of best practice, awareness raising videos…

The ‘Soil is Life!’ event which took place in the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels (see picture on the front page) had a different approach. Soil-related themes and problems (scarcity, sealing, land grabbing, speculation…) were boarded, but also coupled with tangible and concrete solutions. These solutions were presented by a group of young people who take care of soil in new different ways. All event took place in a laidback and cheerful framework, which was structured in a way to underline and make people understand problems, without necessarily being alarmed. The chairman and the actors (professionals and amateur actors) reproduced such themes, managing to keep the attention of the audience, which included some students from the European school. These students collected the answers to a series of questions, given by the audience on slips of paper. The three questions were: “What is the earth beneath your feet? What is the earth you wish to tread on? What is the earth you do not wish to tread on?”. They analysed all the answers and presented the results of the event. Continua a leggere ““Soil is Life!” – World Soil Day on 5 December 2017 at the Italian Cultural Institute, Brussels”

European nature in the plural

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going”. With such ruthless environmental degradation, with less political attention being given to the importance of environmental protection, with many still denying climate change, an adrenaline-shock is needed to fuel hope and need to change.

The Dutch have attempted to do so. The report entitled “European Nature in the Plural. Finding common ground for a next policy agenda” was recently published. It is aimed at strongly encouraging EU governments to build a new reference for environmental protection, which must be supported by stronger political efforts. The report focuses on biodiversity and on the protection of nature, in order to add to renewing current legislation beyond the year 2020. Soil and its biodiversity are naturally an important component. Continua a leggere “European nature in the plural”

LULUCF

International and particularly European institutions are experts in creating incomprehensible acronyms. In the past for instance, the DGs of the European Commission were indicated with Roman numerals (DG XII stood for research, DG VIII for cooperation and development, and so on). This changed to using full names, such as DG Environment, DG Research and Innovation… however the idea has always been to use acronyms which could be understood by insiders: DG ECHO, DG EAS, EEAS…

It therefore should not come as a surprise that LULUCF means “Land use, Land Use Change and Forestry”. This is also the title of an EU proposal for regulation – currently being discussed at Parliament and Council – on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry into the 2030 climate and energy framework (COM(2016)0479) . Continua a leggere “LULUCF”

When farmers are supermarket owners (France)

When we enter a supermarket, we become the final ring of a chain, which starts from the farmer, works its way through other commercial actors, and ends on the counter in front of our very eyes. The first “ring”, the farmer is in the least favourable position. His or her production must be approved by market law… technically by those who control commercial networks and sales. It is not a coincidence that the mafia have taken control of this “space” in the commercial chain which ensures high revenue, and at the same time gains agricultural land in order to speculate on recycling capital. Continua a leggere “When farmers are supermarket owners (France)”

The World Future Council rewards the 4per1000 initiative

The World Future Council (WFC) is a foundation that works internationally to enable policymakers to quickly tackle the global challenges we face. The WFC researches the best policy solutions, and advises decision-makers on their concrete implementation. In the past ten years of its existence, they have organized more than 100 parliamentary hearings, study tours and workshops in order to spread those policies that they have identified.

THE WFC is based in Hamburg, Germany, with offices in Geneva, London and Beijing. One of the Council’s annual activities is the celebration of the Future Policy Award. The award is internationally unique, as it celebrates policies rather than people. Since 2009, the Future Policy Award has highlighted policies in areas in which policy progress is most urgent: Food Security, Protection of Biodiversity, Forests, Oceans and Coasts, Advancing Disarmament, Children’s Rights, Ending Violence against Women and Girls. Continua a leggere “The World Future Council rewards the 4per1000 initiative”

Bollettino n.43

Del 1/1/2018

UN SOLO AUGURIO PER IL 2018:

CHE L’INTERO ANNO SIA FORIERO DI PACE IN TUTTO IL MONDO !

1. ESPERIENZE: Guida all’Agricoltura Sociale della Regione Lazio

2. NOTIZIE DAL FORUM SIP:

3. NOTIZIE SU SUOLO E ISTITUZIONI EUROPEE: LULUCF

4. NON SIAMO SOLI!