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HNVF Conference - Press release

HIGH NATURE VALUE: AN ANSWER TO THE CHALLENGES FACED BY ROMANIA’S FARMING LANDSCAPES AND COMMUNITIES - 15th March 2016, Bucharest


Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania, WWF-Romania and Fundatia ProPark organized on 15 March 2016 an international conference presenting the HNV concept, how it can offer a viable economic future for rural communities, provide healthy food and landscapes, and maintain the vital core of Romania’s cultural identity.



Romania is the home of the most extensive areas of High Nature Value (HNV) farmland in Europe. This unique national asset is still not fully appreciated in Romania or more widely, even though the HNV concept is an important pillar of policy in the European Union.

With participation of:
H.E. Mr. Jean-Hubert Lebet, Ambassador of Switzerland to Romania
Achim Irimescu, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development
Carlo Petrini, President of Slow Food international
Elisabetta Capannelli, Country Manager for Romania, World Bank
Iman Boot, Senior Expert Research and Innovation, DG Agriculture and
Rural Development of the European Commission
Valeriu Steriu, Vice-president of the Committee for Agriculture, Forestry, Food
Industry and Specific Services, Chamber of Deputies

PROGRAMME

  • 09.00 - 09.30 Registration & Welcome Coffee09.30 - 11.30 Session 1: HNV - an important global concept for supporting the food, farming and society
  • Opening: H.E. Mr. Jean-Hubert Lebet, Ambassador of Switzerland to Romania, Achim Irimescu, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development, Sophie Reviron, Head of the Agri-food markets group, Agridea, Nat Page, President, Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania
  • The importance of safeguarding food and agricultural traditions still produced in HNVF areas - Carlo Petrini, President of Slow Food international
  • HNV in Europe and the world - Elisabetta Capannelli, Country Manager for Romania, World Bank
  • HNV farming income – how to increase it? - Iman Boot, Senior Expert Research and Innovation, DG Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission
  • HNV farming is a valuable asset in Europe - Clunie Keenleyside, Senior Fellow, Agriculture and Land Management Programme, Institute for European Environmental Policy
  • HNV farming and communities as a policy priority in Romania - Valeriu Steriu, Vice-President of the Committee for Agriculture, Forestry, Food Industry and Specific Services, Chamber of Deputies
  • 11.30 - 11.45 Coffee break
  • 11.45 - 13.30 Session 2: The characterictics and values of HNV farming
  • HNV farming and biodiversity - Viorel Lascu, State Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests
  • What is HNV, exactly? Landscapes, biodiversity, farming practices, rural communities - Prof. Dr. Laszlo Rakosy, UBB Cluj
  • What have we learned about economic viability of rural communities using the HNV approach - ADEPT, WWF, Propark and Agridea
  • Meet the local producers: farmers from 6 HNV areas in Romania
  • 13.30 - 14.30 Lunch
  • 14.30 - 16.00 Session 3: Ways to improve the economic viability of HNV
  • Other Swiss-funded initiatives complementary to HNV - ADEPT, WWF
  • Funding opportunities for HNV farming systems - Mihai Herciu, General Director for Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Panel discussion: constraints and opportunities; HNV and innovation - Iman Boot, Clunie Keenleyside, Mihai Herci, Erika Stannic, State Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests and project partners
  • Q&A Session. Open debate
  • 16.00 - 18.00 Tasting HNV: opportunity to meet HNV producers from many areas of Romania and to taste their products


12.04.2016

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