Compte-rendu et apport de la conférence-débat : « Nature, conditionnalité et verdissement de la PAC : un tournant wallon ? ». 9 novembre 2011. Espace Senghor, Gembloux, Belgique.
Piqueray, Julien ; Richard, Catherine ; et al
in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17
Recently, the European Union (EU) proposed a reform project for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). One of the proposed reforms consists in imposing to set aside 7% of arable land for biodiversity ... [more ▼]
Recently, the European Union (EU) proposed a reform project for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). One of the proposed reforms consists in imposing to set aside 7% of arable land for biodiversity support purposes. About this proposal, a conference was hold in Gembloux, Belgium, on 9th November 2011. Such systems already exist in neighboring countries. French and Swiss systems were displayed in order to highlight their advantages and limits. Scientific arguments subtending such policies were presented. It was shown that creation of semi-natural elements in the agricultural matrix should be efficient to promote biodiversity. Both the quantity and the quality of these elements should be considered. Also, biodiversity is likely to provide services to agriculture, notably crop pollination and pest control. Currently, uncertainties remain on eligible areas to reach the 7% threshold. However, based on most probable scenarios, the current likely eligible areas cover only 4.3% of arable land in Wallonia. Less than 20% of Walloon farms already reach the 7% threshold proposed by the EU. If the European project is approved, it will therefore be of first importance to have a societal recognition toward farmers for their effort. To optimize positive effects of the policy on biodiversity, it is also imperative to make sure that a high biological quality is reached in the areas dedicated to biodiversity and to monitor this quality in the light of clearly defined objectives. Economical, societal and environmental issues should all be considered when applying this policy in order to improve agriculture sustainability and to stop biodiversity decline in agricultural landscapes. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 97 (16 ULg)