In 2005-2006, the EU Strategic Steering Group on Agriculture (SSG)
mainly focused its activity on identifying the gaps between WFD
requirements and existing CAP. A first analysis of agricultural
pressures and impacts on water bodies was prepared. The final mandate
(2007-2009) of the SSG activity specifies that one of the main objectives
of the Group will be to compile alternative ideas, measures and
solutions in a catalogue of measures. A second objective of the
mandate is the continuation of the exchange of information, in order
to identify “success stories”.
Aim and objectives of the conference
The level of analysis possible under the previous works of the SSG
was limited as it was in advance of the river basin management plans
and their associated programmes of measures. Few practical case
studies were therefore available and part of this work remained
theoretical. Now several Member States have started detailed works
setting up first programmes of measures. The conference will provide
a forum to discuss the different approaches (e.g. voluntary versus
mandatory) as well as different types of measures (economic, technical).
The event should also be used to exchange different experiences
gained and lessons learned from the different approaches.
Further, prospective questions, such as the impacts of new technologies,
the effects of the EU Biomass Action plan, were also poorly addressed.
The aim of the conference is to discuss these issues in more details.
In addition, regarding the recent developments of the issue of water
scarcity and droughts, a specific focus will be given on the way
to address these water quantity issues.
In order to achieve the highest benefits the conference will include
working groups and a discussion in the plenary session.
The conference is addressed to EU policy makers (DG Agriculture,
DG Environment, DG JRC, DG Research), national policy makers of
EU 27 (ministries and administrations related to agriculture and
the environment), European and national unions and organisations,
NGOs and researchers from the area of agriculture and water management.