Resolution on the farm to fork strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system

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On October 20, 2021 the European Parliament approved the Resolution on a farm to fork strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system.

After a long procedure and a debate that involved NGOs, Farmers organizations and decisions makers, the European Parliament approved on 20.10.2021 the Resolution on a farm to fork strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system.

Welcoming the ambitions and goals of the Strategy, the members of the European Parliament “emphasise the inextricable links between healthy people, healthy societies, healthy animals, and a healthy planet”.

After the long debates surround the CAP, the resolution is a positive development. It highlights the need for coherence between European policies in favour of the environment and biodiversity. Indeed, the Resolution takes also into account the role of Protected Areas, emphasising the need:

  • “to ensure coherence between the farm to fork strategy and the objectives of the European Green Deal;
  • to maintain and enhance biodiversity for safeguarding EU and global food security;
  • for coherence with the EU biodiversity strategy, including the contribution of Natura2000 and Marine Protected Areas to supporting healthy food production;
  • for consistency regarding the common agricultural policy (CAP), common fisheries policy (CFP), EU trade policies and the EU bioeconomy strategy”.

By connecting the Farm to Fork Strategy to the Common Agricultural Policy, the European Parliament points out some notions that are at the core of the rural Protected Areas’ actions and of EUROPARC’s message for the new CAP, such as:

  • extensive permanent grassland-based, silvo-pastoral or extensive organic animal husbandry, often involving pastures of high environmental value, are key features of the European food system;
  • quality schemes are a defining element of many traditional rural communities, allowing them to make productive use of land that otherwise would have been abandoned;
  • land-based and low density agricultural production can have multiple positive effects for the environment and for the conservation of cultural landscapes, contributes to protecting rural areas from depopulation and abandonment, helps in mitigating against climate change, and contributes to a circular economy and biodiversity restoration and must therefore be supported and encouraged;
  • support should be given to farms making the transition to more sustainable forms of production”.

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Moreover, EUROPARC welcomes that the European Parliament “calls on the Commission to only approve CAP national strategic plans which clearly demonstrate a commitment to sustainability from the economic, environmental and social perspectives and are in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal, the relevant EU-wide targets and the Paris Agreement”.

The Resolution is available here in all languages.

Read more about Farm to Fork Strategy and EUROPARC here.

SEE PROJECT: Partners gathered for the first exchange programme in Serbia

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In the early stages of the SEE project, there were a number of surveys conducted in order to discover and analyse the challenges linked to outdoor sports in National Parks and Protected Areas. The project has now entered a new phase that includes several exchange programs.

From 27h to 30th of September, the SEE project partners met for the first time in the Tara National Park, EUROPARC member in Serbia.

During the event, the host – Mountaineering Association of Tara presented a very interesting pilot project, concerning the inclusion of mountaineering in the educational curriculum of schools in the area. The aim of the course is to expose children to nature from an early age.

Meeting of the SEE Project partners in the TARA National Park, Serbia

Meeting of the SEE Project partners in the TARA National Park, Serbia

In the 3-day programme, partners focused on exchanging methods to educate participants about responsible practices to minimize impacts on the natural environment, especially for outdoor sports involving mountainous terrains, such as mountaineering and hiking. In addition, participants also discussed how planning and good preparation for any outdoor activity are essential in order to avoid environmental impacts and accidents.

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Meeting of the SEE Project partners in the TARA National Park, Serbia

Furthermore, one of the topics discussed was the time needed for various types of waste and materials to degrade. Leader of the SEE project, Leave no Trace, Ireland, produces educational material on this subject. For instance, the Outdoor Ethics Guide for Trainers provides great guidance on this topic.

Additionally, as a basic set of rules for responsible conduct in all outdoor sports in Protected Areas, the 10 Good Principles for Outdoor Sports in Protected Areas were introduced. These principles are available in 7 different languages.

Endorse the 10 Good Principles

You can support and contribute to the implementation of the 10 Good Principles in several ways:

  • Show the 10 Good Principles on your website. Visitors who prepare their trips will be better informed.
  • Disseminate information on social media. Use your network to spread the word!
  • Use your visitor centre to show and talk about the principles during the visits.
  • If you organise or participate in an outdoor sports event, make sure participants know the principles before the activity starts.
  • When working with young people, teach them and highlight the importance of respecting these principles. Five minutes of teaching can develop into many years of good practice.
  • Talk and spread the word to anyone interested, in any way. All diffusion is important!

Keep in mind that although this behaviour may be obvious, it is not so common in outdoor sports. Your participation is crucial to preserving our natural heritage.

Download The Good Principles for Outdoor Sports:

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FR 10 PRINCIPLES FOR OUTDOOR SPORTS

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Case study: Nest&Climb, a participatory monitoring of birds’ nests in climbing areas

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We always need to remember that out in nature we are guests, visiting habitats and environments populated by many different species. While practicing outdoor sports, we need to pay attention to what we do and how we do it, doing our best to respect the surroundings. This is exactly what the”Nest&Climb” project, developed in the Haute-Savoie region, is all about. It focusses on participatory monitoring of birds’ nests in climbing areas.

Nest&Climb

The Haute-Savoie region in France is rich in nature reserves and wildlife, including many species of rupestrian birds. In 2021, Asters-Conservatory of Natural Espaces of Haute-Savoie, supported by the French Office of Biodiversity, launched the project Nest&Climb to reconcile the practice of sport climbing with the protection of birds nesting on cliffs.

Monitoring and protecting birds’ nests in climbing areas

Nest&Climb aims to educate and raise climbers’ awareness on bird species they share the crags with. Additionally, it was developed to support the environmental monitoring of climbing areas. This is essential for ensuring sustainable management of outdoor areas and climbing activities.

The area would ban certain climbing routes to allow birds to nest during a specific period of time, however often lacked to proper information to determine these areas. To gather the data needed, the Haute-Savoie region decided to collaborate with different climbers, the local authority managing the site, the Natura 2000 manager and local municipalities .

There are over 150 bolted cliffs in Haute-Savoie, and climbers were called upon to report nests they noticed on the cliffs to support the monitoring efforts.

Challenges

At the beginning there was a lot of work to do, with more than 20 nests being reported in as many crags. Identifying birds is a delicate process, as it’s important to not disturb the animals. Additionally, sometimes the spots chosen by birds to nest are hard to reach and mark (with explanatory signs). There was also the initial fear of the project not being welcomed by the climbers because it could have been perceived as a threat to their freedom. However, Nest&Climb turned out to be a success and was well-received by climbers.

Solutions and Actions

To tackle the need for more information and action, the Haute-Savoie region started:

  • Developing educational content about the different bird species and nesting periods
  • Using social media accounts to share this knowledge, and to collect information about reported nests
  • Creating a community of several hundred climbers interested in helping with the issue
  • Asking climbers to report birds’ nests, then identify the birds and warn other users of the area about it with signs explaining the nesting period and the routes that should not be climbed during that period of time
  •  Making sure the nests are actually occupied before banning the routes for only a short period of time. It has made the bans more acceptable by making sure the nests are actually occupied before banning the routes for only a short period of time.

Sign to be put on routes that host a nest. Design by Benoit Favre.

Outcomes

Nest&Climb has been successful and promising, showing that outdoor activities enthusiasts are willing to participate and contribute to the preservation of the surrounding environment and are ready to learn about it.

Read the original case study

For more info on Nest&Climb visit the Facebook page

Good practices in Outdoor Sports

Being out and active in nature requires a level of respect. As guests, we will inevitably create an impact. It is our responsibility to minimise harmful effects, so that we can continue enjoying nature in a harmonious way.

In 2019, the EUROPARC Federation and the European Network of Outdoor Sports (ENOS) launched the 10 Good Principles for Outdoor Sports in Protected Areas (PAs) These Principles aim to promote good conduct among outdoor sports practitioners. It is available in multiple languages and we encourage Protected Areas and outdoor sports networks to use and promote them!

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Sustainable Education in Outdoor Sports

EUROPARC is also part of the Erasmus+ SEE Project (Sustainability and Environmental Education in Outdoor Sports). The projects looks at challenges of outdoor sports across Europe and trains outdoor sports trainers in good practice, to allow increased participation so that more people can enjoy the recognised benefits of Health Enhancing Physical Activity in the outdoors.

Read more about the SEE project partners, approaches and goals

Follow the project updates on Instagram @see_project_eu

Next Workshop: Sustainable Development Goals – What can Protected Areas do?

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On the 28th of October, EUROPARC will organise a workshop within the SDGimp project. In 90 minutes we will look at the results of the project and how Protected Areas can support the Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. The Erasmus+ Project “SDGimpDecision support system for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Protected Areas” has looked closely at how Protected Areas can implement and support these Goals.

This participatory workshop will present the results of the Erasmus project and allows you to discover what your Protected Area can do to make these goals a reality.

SDGimp has created a quality learning system and decision support materials for Protected Area administrations, regional stakeholders and entrepreneurs that will support decision making capacities and will promote the implementation of SDGs.

The workshop will take us on a short 90 minute journey as we explore the learning material and consider together how Protected Areas can be drivers of SDG implementation for a better and more sustainable future. Registration is now open!

REGISTER HERE

Workshop Programme

28th of October, 15:00 CET – online

Welcome and introduction to the programme
Esther Bossink, Communication Officer at the EUROPARC Federation.

Results from the SDGimp project
Mathias Christoph, researcher at the Institute for Rural Development Research.

A fly through of the website
Mathias Christoph.

Get to know the modules
In breakout rooms, participants will have to chance to get an in-depth look at different modules and provide feedback.
Mathias Christoph and Ulrich Gehrlein, Head of the Department for “Regional Development, Innovation Support Service, and Protected Areas” at the Institute for Rural Development Research.

Small pause

Feedback session
What did we learn about SDGs and what was discussed in the groups?

What’s the role of Protected Areas?
In breakout rooms, participants will discuss what their Protected Area is already doing, or what more can be done.

End of the workshop

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission Erasmus+ funding line. This workshop reflects the view only of the author and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.