european organic congress

European Organic Congress 2021

16 Jun
— 18 Jun
16 Jun
— 18 Jun

The annual European Organic Congress will take place online, live from Lisbon from 16-18 June 2021, organised by IFOAM Organics Europe and our Portuguese parter, AGROBIO.

The congress will bring together organic stakeholders from across Europe to talk about policy developments in organic food and farming. We will cover the alignment of CAP Strategic Plans with the EU Green Deal, expected changes in the new EU Organic Regulation, organic’s contribution to climate change mitigation, sustainable food systems and rural development.

On top of that, we will dive deep into the work being done on the ground in Portugal, linking organic farming with health and biodiversity.

Join the 15th edition of our European Organic Congress to attend a variety of panel discussions and benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our high-level speakers and moderators.

Registration will open very soon.

Make sure to follow @OrganicsEurope on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to stay tuned about the latest updates. We will post about the congress using #EOC2021 and #EUOrganic2030.

Programme

16 Jun
11:00
11:30
Welcome & opening
11:30
13:00
The new CAP and European Green Deal: How far apart?
The aim of the session is to assess if the new CAP and the national ambitions through the proposed CAP strategic plans are in line with the EU objectives of the Green Deal, in particular the target to reach 25% organic land by 2030.
13:00
14:00
Lunch Break
14:00
15:30
Panel discussion: Organic farming in Portugal. Current situation of Organic Farming in Portugal
Presentations on:

. Developing organic farming towards 2030
. Organic agriculture and health. Will organic farming be a potential indicator of public health?
. Conversion to organic farming
. Demonstration projects
. Organic food in public basic schools
. Organic district of Idanha-a-Nova

Panel discussion
17 Jun
10:00
11:30
Panel discussion: Climate mitigation and sequestration in agriculture: What is the right level of ambition?
The panelists will discuss whether “climate neutrality” is a realistic goal for the agriculture sector, and even if this is a desirable goal given the current focus on efficiency and the risks of trade-offs with biodiversity objectives. The session will also discuss the realistic potential for carbon sequestration in soils, the need for safeguards to ensure environmental integrity, and the right policy approach to ensure that climate action in the agriculture sector contributes at the same time to adaptation, resilience, and biodiversity protection.
11:30
11:45
Break
11:45
13:15
Panel discussion: Towards more sustainable food systems
While the need to transition towards more sustainable food systems is largely recognised, the consensus on how to get there has not been reached yet. During this session we will explore what sustainable food systems look like and how to get there. Initiatives such as the organic action plan, sustainable public procurement, and other Farm to Fork strategy related initiatives will be central stage.
18 Jun
10:00
11:00
Panel discussion: The new Organic Regulation (EU) 848/2018: What will change?
The new organic Regulation (EU) 2018/848 will be implemented from the first of January 2021. Several changes are expected for the organic sector during the coming months. The session will focus on the main challenges that the organic operators will face to maintain their compliance with the EU rules. Would these technical changes help to reach the EU objectives of 25% of EU organic land by 2030?
11:15
12:15
Rural development: Long-term vision for rural areas
The future development and attractiveness of rural areas will largely depend on improving the climate and environmental performance of farming. This session will explore how initiatives such as organic districts (or biodistricts), living labs, and farm demonstrations can contribute to the development of rural areas and the success of the Organic Action Plan.
12:15
12:45
Closing & wrap up of the European Organic Congress
 
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