2nd Inter-Balkan Dialogue Meeting in Thessaloniki on 29 October 2019.
The INTERREG BalkanROAD project organizes a meeting between the project partners and representatives of the Regional and Local Authorities as well as, representatives of agribusinesses from the Balkan countries and Cyprus.
The Meeting has the following goals:
1. Presentation of good practices proposals, as derived by project’s actions.
2. Prioritization of the proposals according the particularities and importance level for each country by the national representatives
3. Definition of common plans and actions for the development of the Balkan agricultural sector.
4. Discussion on the development of regional funding instruments for the period 2021-2027 that could support agribusinesses to adopt the proposed practices.
In addition to the participants, as designated by the countries involved in the project, other stakeholders from Regions, Municipalities, Agricultural Cooperatives, Agribusinesses can also participate.
Express interest in joining the Inter-Balkan Dialogue using the website’s contact form.
On 16.09.2019 under the “BalkanROAD - Towards farms with zero carbon-, waste- and water-footprint. Roadmap for sustainable management strategies for Balkan agricultural sector.” project the team of the Benaki Phytopathological Institute and the coordinator of BalkanROAD, the AAEF consultants and the Technical assistants’ to AAEF, visited the pilot area in Bulgaria. During the visit, both teams cooperated and defined the key steps of the apples processing procedure to be considered in the ROAD tool, collected data regarding Greenhouse Gases emissions, water consumption and waste production and also discussed about processes and procedures that could be improved in order to reduce the environmental footprint of the final marketable product of the Bulgarian pilot farm Bulgarplod Kyustendil – Georgi Razsipiyski ET.
On the 30.07.2019 under the “BalkanROAD - project the team of the Association of Agri-Environmental Farmers and the Technical assistants’ team Aberon, visited the pilot farm Bulgarplod Kyustendil – Georgi Razsipiyski. During the visit the experts took soil samplings, apple waste samplings, visited every stage of the manufacturing of apple juice and defined the key steps to be considered in the ROAD tool. Detailed discussion with data on the processes and procedures that could be improved in order to reduce the environmental footprint of the final marketable products and collected data regarding Greenhouse Gases emissions, water consumption and waste production was held in the premises of the plant.
LAND4FLOODS - Towards an Interdisciplinary Understanding of (Private) Land for Flood Risk Management
More than 60 academics and stakeholders from Europe and guests from USA and Australia met in Riga, Latvia (19-21 June) to discuss challenges and potentials in storing water on private land for tackling flooding:www.land4flood.eu/2nd-action-mc-meeting-and-worshop-riga-19-21-june-2018.
This initiative brings together multiple disciplines around the issue of land and flood risk management, such as hydrologists, modellers, economists, lawyers, policy science, etc. to work towards innovations in dealing with flood risk in Europe.
An IWRA webinar on this same topic has been broadcasted live from this event (www.iwra.org/land4floodwebinar). Watch the short impression videos with statements on how land matters in flood risk management from different perspectives:
The event was organised in the frame of EU COST programme.