Water scarcity and land abandonment linked to adverse climate conditions will be the main issues discussed at the Informal Agriculture Council which will be held in Cyprus on 9-11 September. During a period where the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy is ongoing, the attention of Member States will be on conserving Europe’s potential for the production of food, renewables and public goods.
The Informal Agriculture Council will take place on 9-11 September 2012 at the ‘Filoxenia’ Conference Centre in Lefkosia (Nicosia). The main issue under discussion will be the effort for conserving Europe’s potential for the production of food, renewable and public goods. Given the current process towards reforming the Common Agricultural Policy, the ministers will focus their attention on water scarcity and land abandonment linked to adverse climate conditions.
Agriculture is an important sector in global climate change efforts as it is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate and vice versa. Conserving natural resources and finding ways to use them efficiently and sustainably will be central to the discussions between the EU Ministers of Agriculture, as well as the need for green technologies and practices to produce sustainably, to halt the loss of biodiversity, to prevent soil depletion, to use water efficiently and to avoid environmental degradation as a whole.
The discussion will be based on the working document prepared by the Cyprus Presidency, which you can find attached to the related event. During the debate to be held on September 11 in Lefkosia (Nicosia), the ministers will be asked to submit their views on the possible measures improving water management and soil protection to help farmers adapt to climate change. The previous day, on September 10, the Ministers will have the opportunity to visit areas in Limassol which show signs of land abandonment due to climate change. They will also visit Kourris water reservoir, which is a significant water management project in Cyprus.
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