The virtual fair within Green Week

Green Week is the European Commission’s annual initiative to draw attention to the importance of the environment. The Week was originally held in Brussels but for some years now, it has been held in different EU States with parallel initiatives organised by the EU Member States themselves. This year it will run from 31 May to 13 June and will per force take place virtually, with meetings run through electronic platforms.  

This year, the 4 per 1000 Initiative aims to use the EU’s Green Week to invite the partners to the virtual “4 per 1000” Fair where they will have the opportunity to present their work at a short event. The “virtual fair stand” has specific rules:

  • A “4 per 1000” partner event should last one hour.
  • Introduction (max 10 min): the organizers briefly introduce themselves and explain their interest in the “4 per 1000” initiative.
  • Presentation (max 30 min): The partners are completely free to design the presentation of their work. This could be a virtual tour in the field or in a lab or a meeting with the public.
  • Question & Answer session.

In addition, if you like, you can hold your presentation more than once on different dates.

More information are available athttps://wiki.afris.org/display/4EGW21?showLanguage=en_EN

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La fiera virtuale all’interno della Green Week

La Settimana Verde, alias Green Week, è l’annuale iniziativa della Commissione Europea per attirare l’attenzione sull’importanza dell’ambiente. La Settimana inizialmente si teneva a Bruxelles, da alcuni anni si svolge invece in vari Stati dell’UE con iniziative programmate dagli stessi Stati membri. Nel 2021 si terrà dal 31 maggio fino al 13 giugno ed è giocoforza effettuarla virtualmente con incontri collegati attraverso piattaforme elettroniche.  

L’Iniziativa 4per1000 ha voluto approfittare della settimana verde dell’UE per creare con i suoi partner una “Fiera Virtuale 4 per 1000”, ove chi vuole può creare uno “stand” virtuale per presentare la propria attività. Lo “stand” ha regole precise:

  • Durata di un’ora.
  • Introduzione (max 10min): gli organizzatori si presentano brevemente e spiegano il loro interesse per l’Iniziativa “4 per 1000”.
  • Presentazione (max 30min): i partner sono completamente liberi di progettare la presentazione del loro lavoro. Può anche essere una visita virtuale sul campo o in laboratorio o un incontro con il pubblico.
  • Sessione di domande e risposte.

L’evento può anche essere ripetuto più volte in giornate differenti.

Chi vuole partecipare deve rapidamente, entro il 15 aprile, riempire uno specifico formulario qui disponibile   e ove troverà ulteriori dettagli e informazioni.

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Fatti non parole!

Ci è stato “rimproverato” di aver parlato nel Bollettino precedente dell’International Forum on Food & Nutrition e non ad esempio del Forum for Future of Agricolture (FFA) che si è tenuto a Bruxelles il 27 marzo 2018. Assicuriamo che non siamo stati sollecitati dalla Barilla BCFN. Abbiamo trovato che il documento finale con le raccomandazioni per una nuova PAC basata anche sull’alimentazione fosse un passo concreto che valorizzava i dibattiti e gli interventi del convegno del 6 giugno.

Però lo confessiamo: non abbiamo più l’energia per assistere a convegni/passerelle ove sul palco si alternano a rotazione i rappresentanti delle organizzazioni internazionali e/o europee, preceduti magari da qualche regina o principe o capo di stato.

Fiumi di parole autoreferenziali che raccontano, raccomandano, consigliano e poi … ci si dà appuntamento al prossimo anno ad un nuovo meeting dove magari si può ricominciare daccapo. Continua a leggere “Fatti non parole!”


A time for conferences

a) European Commission – Green Week 2017 and EU Development Days 2017-06-30

The “differently young people” (alias over 60 years old!) will remember how back in the day, in Italy, on urban public transport there used to be signs saying ‘Please do not speak to the driver’.

Those who took part in Green Week 2017 organized by DG ENVI of the EU Commission – from 29 May to 2 June – will confirm that nobody was allowed to “speak to the driver” there either, or better “speak to the representatives from the Commission”. The driver keeps on “driving” whilst passengers must sit on the back and talk amongst themselves, even though they may have interesting news or experiences to share with all and in particular with the “drivers”.

The very platform for Green Week broke apart over the past two years. A place of encounters and discussions, where over 2000 participants were the most important ‘entity’ of the “green” week, has now turned into a meeting with generic, recycled and fruitless statements being uttered and merely listened to. There used to be debates with thousands of people exchanging ideas, proposals and experiences. All spaces of the location, including corridors cafés and refectories, were a whirlwind of discussions and exchanges. Even the various representatives – the Commissioners, and civil servants – were urged to listen to concrete experiences, and “self-celebration” was very rare. Those attending would at the end of the day feel enriched with the ideas and contacts made.

Now all is dispersed all over Europe, and this means the “drivers” are always present – without any real confrontation, but simply issuing the same statements as ten years back, and that will have the same validity in ten years time – to show that European environmental policy and research are responding to the demands of investments and economic productivity.

But should it not be the opposite? Shouldn’t investments and the creation of jobs necessarily have to be compatible with environmental policy choices?

Unfortunately the result of Green Week 2017 was losing credibility on European environmental protection, even though the EU was set as an example worldwide for its environmental policy! As we await for different “drivers” and for the Commission to respond to the all-the-more urgent expectations coming from European and overseas people, it took that alien of a newly elected president of the United States for us to realize how the EU is at the forefront in all aspects of environmental protection. It is thanks to him and his refusal that on 11 and 12 June the Ministries of the Environment of the G7 met in Bologna to renew environmental protection efforts and climate-change combat, confirmed/signed by the other six participants and the European Commissioner for climate change.

The abovementioned is a “cry of pain”, but not of powerlessness. Whenever the Commission is willing, it is able to decently organize events based on real and constructive participation. An example of this is the EDD17 – European Development Days 2017 (7 and 8 June) – entitled Investing in Development: two full days with around 8000 (eight thousand!) participants, over 120 debates and conferences, with a Global Village placed in the middle of the venue. Soil also received a great deal of attention with stands and conferences of the Joint Research Centre, the CIRAD (Agricultural Research for Development), and the 4 per 1000 initiative.

b) The Global Soil Week 2017 and CONSOWA

Global Soil Week (GSW 2017) was held in Berlin from 22 to 24 May 2017. After the ones held in 2012, 2013 and 2015 this was the fourth meeting on soil organised by IASS-Potsdam (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies) jointly with the IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development).  This year the event focused on ‘Catalysing SDG[1] Implementation Through a Soil and Land Review’. Around 300 participants attended three thematic workshops to explore the following topics: ‘Sustaining and upscaling achievements of sustainable land management (SLM) initiatives’; ‘Right to (defend) land: strengthening accountability at the local level through thematic reviews’; and ‘Protecting land resources for shared prosperity.’

There are five key messages to work on, and present to the highest political authorities:

1) Increase investments in sustainable land management and responsible governance. It will be critical to design investments and monitor them in line with international human rights-based instruments, such as the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, and internationally accepted environmental and social safeguards;

2) Make the entire production chain sustainable and change consumption patterns which have an impact on land degradation both locally and in other parts of the world. High-consuming segments of society have a particular responsibility in this regard;

3) Enhance spatial planning and adopt territorial approaches to address the rural-urban continuum in an integrated way that contributes to food security and the sustainable and the integrated management of natural resources, such as the land-water nexus; as well as to improving regional value chains to offer better opportunities for the youth.

4) Improve land rights and land tenure, especially for vulnerable and marginalised groups, and acknowledge that vulnerable populations are rights holders, whose rights need to be upheld. This implies adopting specific measures to protect civil society, since human rights are under pressure from the shrinking space for civil society; and

5) Build a bridge between SDG 2 (Zero hunger) and SDG 15 (Life on land) to ensure food security through avoiding, reducing and reversing soil and land degradation to achieve SDG target 15.3 on land degradation neutrality, and sustainably managing landscapes for people. Entry points for this are community empowerment, and high-quality and accountable extension services that embrace the youth and open data access.

If GSW is able to act as a link between the academic world, civil society and the political world, the conference in Lleida, Spain (12-16 June) allowed for scientific comparisons between water and soil conservation specialists. We cite it because it is the first world conference, which gathered researchers and technicians for both soil and water, entities currently at risk due to climate change difficulties. The main aim of this conference, the acronym for which is CONSOWA (1st World Conference On Soil And Water Conservation Under Global Change), is to create sustainability on earth via soil and water conservation.

[1] SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

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a) Commissione Europea – Green Week 2017 e EU Development Days 2017

I “diversamente giovani” ricorderanno che una volta, in Italia, sui mezzi pubblici di trasporto urbano c’era un cartello con scritto: “Si prega di non parlare al conducente”.

Chi ha partecipato alla Green Week 2017 organizzata dalla DG Ambiente della Commissione Europea – teoricamente dal 29 maggio al 2 giugno – ha potuto constatare che anche lí non si deve disturbare il “conducente”, cioè gli alti rappresentanti della Commissione Europea. Come succede su un autobus, il conducente continua a “guidare”, mentre i passeggeri – alcuni altamente interessanti per novità ed esperienza – stanno seduti dietro e possono parlare solo tra loro.

In due anni è stato demolito l’impianto stesso della Green Week. Da luogo di confronto e di incontro, ove gli oltre 2000 partecipanti costituivano il nucleo più importante della settimana “verde”, si è passati a luogo di ascolto di considerazioni generiche, riciclate e infruttuose. Prima si assisteva a decine di dibattiti con migliaia di persone che si scambiavano idee, proposte, esperienze. Tutti gli spazi – corridoi, caffetterie, luoghi di ristoro – erano un’effervescenza di discussioni e di scambi. Anche i vari rappresentanti delle istituzioni, dai Commissari ai funzionari di base, erano sollecitati a confrontarsi con esperienze concrete ed era difficile ascoltare generici discorsi autocelebrativi. Chi vi è stato, tornava con il sentimento di essersi arricchito sia per le idee che per i contatti. Continua a leggere “NOTIZIE SU SUOLO E ISTITUZIONI EUROPEE: Tempo di conferenze”

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Green Week 2016: occasione sprecata!

Come annunciato, la Green Week 2016 si è tenuta dal 30 maggio al 3 giugno.

Il tema: “Investire per un futuro più verde”.

Ci attendevamo un sano confronto tra i diversi attori – da quelli economici agli ambientalisti – su questa tematica importante, fondamentale se si vuole dare speranza alla generazioni future. Purtroppo l’occasione è andata sprecata. Continua a leggere “Green Week 2016: occasione sprecata!”