What is RISE?
RISE is a philanthropic foundation that aims to promote a sustainable, profitable and internationally competitive rural economy across Europe and to preserve the European countryside, its environment and biodiversity, cultural heritage and traditions. RISE works through supporting innovative pilot projects, think tank work on rural and environmental issues, and by providing a platform for debate on key issues that affect rural communities.
Pre-FFA Workshop: Sustainable Intensification, Indicators and Measurements - Do We Have to Measure Farm Environmental Performance in Order to Manage it?
Date: March 31, 2014
Time: 15:30 - 17:15
Venue: The Square Meeting Centre, Arc Room, via entrance Coudenberg. Rue Coudenberg 3, 1000 Brussels
Ahead of the 2014 Forum for the Future of Agriculture, the RISE Foundation are proud to invite you to a workshop on the sustainable intensification of European agriculture.
While the Forum’s main topic this year is the economic aspect of agriculture, this workshop will focus on our new report on the sustainable intensification of European agriculture. Following presentations by Professors Allan Buckwell and Winfried Blum, two of the scientists involved in the production of our report, invited experts on land use and farm management will offer their comments and insights. The aim of the workshop is very much to encourage discussion, and opinions from the audience are strongly encouraged.
The Keynote Speakers
Professor Allan Buckwell, Institute for European Environmental Policy
Allan Buckwell is a part-time Senior Fellow at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) which he joined in Jan 2012. Two thirds of his career has been as an academic agricultural economist specialising in agricultural and rural policy. This involved fourteen years at Newcastle University and then from 1984-1999 as Professor of Agricultural Economics, Wye College University of London (which later merged into Imperial College). During this period he taught and researched all aspects of European rural policy dealing especially with the Common Agricultural Policy, international trade issues, and technology and structural change in farming and its impacts. Much of this work involved large-scale commodity market modelling and interactions through trade. In 1995/6 he worked in the analysis and conception unit of DG Agri in the European Commission chairing a policy integration group which offered a model for the evolution of the CAP towards a Common Agricultural and Rural Policy for Europe. He was Policy Director for the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) from January 2000 to December 2011. There, he was closely involved in debates on how to balance the CAP as a policy for Food and Environmental Security. He chaired and co-authored a report in 2009 on Public Goods from Private Land concerning the range of public environmental services produced by European farmers and foresters and the tools which could be deployed to improve the delivery of these services. He currently works on issues of resource efficiency and sustainable intensification of EU agriculture. Throughout his career he has worked closely in pan-European teams of researchers and policy analysts and has advised parliaments in Brussels, London and Cardiff.
Professor Winfried E. H. Blum, BOKU University Vienna
Professor emeritus of Soil Science at BOKU University/Vienna/Austria. Former Professor at the University of Freiburg/Germany and the State University of Paranà in Curitiba /Brazil. Research and consultancy activities in Europe,Africa, Latin and North America, Asia and Australasia. Former Member of the Executive Board of the International Council for Science,Paris/France; Secretary General of the International Union of Soil Sciences and Founding President of the European Confederation of Soil Science Societies. Member of editorial boards of 23 scientific journals, with more than 600 publications in 12 languages in the fields of soil science, agricultural and forest land use and environmental protection. Member and Honorary Member of numerous Academies and national and international learned societies with numerous distinctions and awards.
Professor Les Firbank, PhD, FBS, Leeds University
Les Firbank is an agro-ecologist. He was brought up on a small farm in northern England, took a degree in zoology before researching interactions between farming and the environment. His early work focussed on weeds and crops, before moving to the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology where he led large scale studies on the environmental effects of set-aside, organic farming and GM crops. He moved to North Wyke Research where he developed the concept of an intensive, farm-scale research platform to look at the mechanisms underpinning more sustainable farming. He is now Professor in Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Leeds, developing more climate-resilient farming systems. He also is a Director of Assured Food Standards, that runs the UK Red Tractor scheme, and a Member of the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment, that advises the UK government on the environmental risks of releases of GM organisms.
Professor Martin van Ittersum, Wageningen University
Martin van Ittersum graduated from Wageningen University. His research and teaching focus on methodologies for the analysis, design and integrated assessment of agricultural systems at multiple scales. Keywords of his expertise include: agro-ecology; land use analysis; farming systems; systems analysis; optimization modeling; designing production systems; integrated assessment; policy evaluation and global food security.He was and is initiator, coordinator and co-applicant of a substantial number of projects with external funding (EU, NWO, BSIK, Gates Foundation) on developing and applying integrated methods for analysis, design and assessment of agricultural land use systems. He was the coordinator of the SEAMLESS project: System for Environmental and Agricultural Modelling; Linking European Science and Society; an EU FP6 project (2005-2009) with 30 universities and approx. 150 researchers. Currently he is co-leading the Global Yield Gap Atlas project (funded by the Gates foundation – www.yieldgap.org) and a large strategic programme of Wageningen University aiming to map options for sustainable intensification. He has been co-editor-in-chief of Agricultural Systems, is member of several editorial boards and guest-edited ca. 10 special issues. In 2013 he was the co-chair of the 1st International Conference on Global Food Security.
Dr. Martijn Gipmans, BASF
Martijn has a background in horticulture and graduated from Wageningen University. He did a PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology before joining BASF in 2001. At BASF he held several positions in agricultural biotechnology research for example investigating the production of omega-3 fatty acids in plants. Since 2006 he is working on agricultural policy-related topics and is now Global Sustainability Manager for BASF Plant Science. He is a co-developer of AgBalance, a methodology to comprehensively assess the performance of agricultural production systems. AgBalance uses up to 70 indicators, many of which were developed in consultation with stakeholders, to assess the environmental as well as socio-economic impacts of agricultural production from farm to fork. Since 2011 AgBalance has been applied in cooperation with farmers and research institutions in dozens of studies around the world to identify options to continuously improve the sustainability of farming.
Dr. Maria Luisa Paracchini, European Commission Joint Research Centre
Dr. Maria Luisa Paracchini is a civil engineer and holds a PhD in agricultural sciences. Since 2001 she has been employed at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission as scientific officer, and currently works in the Monitoring Agricultural Resources Unit. Her work focuses on the link between agriculture and biodiversity, which she is addressing from multiple perspectives: mapping of high nature value farmland, definition of indicators for outlook studies, mapping and assessing ecosystem services, support to the implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. Moreover, she has been developing Eurostat's agri-environmental indicator of landscape state and diversity. Dr. Paracchini has been involved in several EC-funded research projects and has developed methods to assess sustainable land use systems and perform trade-off analyses. Recently, she has been involved in the SOSTARE project, funded by Regione Lombardia (Italy), the aim of which was to develop a farm-scale model for integrated sustainability assessment. The model is based on data collected at farm level.