07 – Be a Farmers Friend. Sustainable agriculture in Protected Areas

Moderator: Corrado Teofilo Federparchi, EUROPARC Italia

Working in partnership with the farming industry is important if nature and biodiversity is to thrive outside of nature reserves.  IS sustainable agriculture a reality or a pipe dream. How can we marry the needs of the protected areas and that of food production?  We examine what makes a successful partnership that benefit wildlife and farming, and how these could be replicated across Europe.

Case Study #1

Rita Alcazar, Liga para a Protecção da Natureza (PT)

“A success story of Great Bustard, Little Bustard and Lesser Kestrel in the Baixo Alentejo cereal steppes” by Rita Alcazar from LPN – Liga para a Proteção da Natureza (oldest Portuguese environmental NGO), Portugal
Rita will tell us how the LPN has established contracts with local farmers for the management of the 2000 ha they own in South Portugal and its positive impact, mixing CAP policy and Natura2000, making it an opportunity for all, farmers, nature conservation, environmental education and ecotourism.