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Halting the loss of pollinators: the role of the EU agricultural and regional development policies

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The EU Conference, organised by the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions, and facilitated by IEEP aims to look back at what has been achieved in the 2014-2020 period and discuss how to step up actions in the future.

The European Commission, in cooperation with the European Committee of the Regions, is organising an EU Conference “Halting the loss of pollinators: The role of the EU agricultural and regional development policies”.

The event aims to look back at what has been achieved in the 2014-2020 period and discuss how to step up actions in the future.
In past decades, pollinators have dramatically declined in occurrence and diversity across the EU. Numerous pollinator species are already extinct, or threatened with extinction. This is a significant cause for concern. Pollinators are vital for the functioning of ecosystems, and human-wellbeing depends on the direct and indirect benefits they provide. In response to this challenge, the European Commission adopted on 1 June 2018 the first-ever EU coordinated action on pollinators – the EU Pollinators Initiative.
The need to maintain and restore habitats for pollinators in rural and urban areas has been long established in the EU policies, in particular the EU biodiversity strategy to 2020. The EU Pollinators Initiative looks to strengthen the integration of this need by promoting and facilitating the uptake of effective measures and projects under the EU agricultural and regional development policies.

This event will:

  • Take stock of the contribution of the EU agricultural and regional development policies to the conservation of pollinators in the programming period 2014-2020;
  • Discuss how to build on lessons learnt to ensure more effective measures and projects in the 2021-2027 period.

The event is of particular interest to the national and regional authorities responsible for designing and managing the EU common agricultural policy funds (European Agricultural Guarantee Fund and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development) and the EU regional development policy funds (European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund) and stakeholders involved in its implementation such as land managers, local authorities, civil society organisations, researchers and businesses.

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