Conference: Water Management and Agriculture 2.0

Agriculture

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Framework Partnership Agreement concerning the European Topic Centre on Biodiversity and Ecosystems 2023-2026

European Environment Agency (EEA) | European Topic Centres (ETCs) are consortia of organisations in EEA member countries with expertise in specific environmental areas, contracted by the EEA through framework partnership agreements to carry out specific tasks to support the implementation of EEA and Copernicus work programmes.

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Resilience Strategies for Regions (REGILIENCE)

CINEA | REGILIENCE is the Coordination and Support Action for the development of Innovation Packages and regional resilience pathways under the call LC-GD-1-3-2020. It aims to foster the adoption and wide dissemination of regional climate resilience pathways, following a demand-driven approach and bearing in mind the expertise and knowledge acquired, as well as the solutions available from Innovation Packages and other sources.

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Climate Change policy update

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | The project aims to provide concrete policy recommendations on the content of legal instruments at federal and state level in Germany. These policy recommendations should enable legislators to mainstream climate change adaptation into further appropriate legal instruments.

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Dialogue on Water and Agriculture

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | Climate change is altering the water balance in rural areas (UBA, 2019d). The consequences of climate change and a decreasing water supply, especially in the summer months, will particularly affect agriculture and forestry.

Conformity checking on Member States’ measures to transpose and apply EU environmental legislation: compliance assurance systems in relation to the Directive 2000/60/EC

Milieu | Fresh Thoughts provided technical support to the assessment including the quality assurance of the individual Member States assessments.

Independent Review of Water Projects

Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) | In an effort to reduce their water footprint, food and drink companies in the UK came together to join the water roadmap, which aims to establish 20 water stewardship projects by 2030 with at-risk catchments identified as being key sourcing areas for UK food and drink.

Water Strategy Germany

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | Modern water management focuses on sustainable and balanced water use by all stakeholders. To achieve this today – and in the future - various legal as well as socio-economic frameworks need to be taken into account. The overall aim of this project was to initiate a target-oriented national dialogue at an early stage among various actors.

Water Stewardship in Spain

Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) | The Courtauld Commitment on water, established a target by 2030 of 50% of the UK fresh food being sourced from areas with sustainable water management.

European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (2019-2021)

European Environment Agency (EEA) | The European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA) is a Consortium of European Organizations contracted by the European Environment Agency (EEA) to carry out specific tasks - as identified in the ETC/CCA annual Action Plan (AP) - coherently with the EEA five-year strategy and Multiannual Work Programme and specific EEA Single Programming Documents in the area of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation (CCIVA) across Europe.

Support of the European Innovation Partnership on Water

European Commission, DG Environment | The European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water) was an initiative within the EU 2020 Innovation Union. The EIP Water facilitated the development of innovative solutions to address major European and global water challenges.

Linking environmental planning tools with funding mechanisms

European Commission, DG Environment | With the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) proposal for post-2020, there will be greater subsidiarity. Member States (MS) will have flexibility in the choice of environmental interventions to adapt them to their local needs.

Central project evaluation of the project Sustainable management of biodiversity in the Southern Caucasus

German Development Agency (GIZ), Germany | Fresh Thoughts was carrying out the central project evaluation of the project “Sustainable management of biodiversity in the Southern Caucasus”, following OECD-DAC criteria.

Support to the India-EU Water Partnership

German Development Agency (GIZ), Germany | Provision of technical expertise for the EU / BMZ jointly co-financed action “Development and implementation support to the India-EU Water Partnership (IEWP)” and “Support to Ganga Rejuvenation (SGR).

Sustainable Integrated Management FOR the NEXUS of water-land-food-energy-climate for a resource-efficient Europe (SIM4NEXUS)

Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) | Water, land, food, energy, and climate are interconnected, comprising a coherent system (the ‘Nexus’), dominated by complexity and feedback. Putting pressure on one part of the Nexus can create pressures on the others.

Conference: Water Management and Agriculture 2.0

Sachverständigen-Kuratorium (SVK) | In order to deepen some aspects of the BMU's national water dialog this conference was set up. The 2019 conference brought together water managers, farmers and agricultural experts and intended to find answers to pressing issues in the interaction of agriculture and water management. The outcomes fed into the national water dialogue process and promoted an understanding of the respective language.

Significant Pressures from diffuse pollution in BG

Worldbank | On June 28, 2018, The World Bank (WB) and the Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW) have agreed to a Reimbursable Advisory Service (RAS) contract for the delivery of an Advisory Program.

Floods Directive and Water Framework Directive Compliance check

European Commission, DG Environment | The contract provided technical assistance to the Commission in the assessment of the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Floods Directive (FD) by the 28 Member States of the EU.

European Topic Centre on Climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation 2014-2018

European Environment Agency (EEA) | The European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA)was a Consortium of European Organizations contracted by the European Environment Agency (EEA) to carry out specific tasks - as identified in the ETC/CCA Annual Action Plan (AP) - coherently with the EEA five-year strategy, the Multiannual Work Programme and the specific EEA Annual Work Programme in the area of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation (CCIVA) across Europe.

Assessment CAP 2020+

European Commission, DG Environment | On 1 June 2018 the Commission presented a single legal proposal for the future CAP: “Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL establishing rules on support for strategic plans to be drawn up by Member States under the Common agricultural policy (CAP Strategic Plans) and financed by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

WWF Report on Irrigation Modernization

WWF Spain | WWF Spain released a report in 2014, which showcased problems in ensuring a contribution from agricultural water savings to sustainability of water quantity management at the water body or basin levels.

Mid-term review of GIZ

German Development Agency (GIZ), Germany | In 2013, EDEKA, SAB Miller and GIZ started a strategic alliance (STA) with the aim of supporting water stewardship initiatives in several countries (Egypt, Columbia, Honduras), which is allocated at develoPPP within GIZ.

Streamlining water into Rural development Programmes

European Commission, DG Environment | The revision of the Common Agricultural Policy, which started with the November 2010 Commission Communication on "The CAP towards 2020", was finalised with the publication of the relevant regulations in December 2013.

Support to a Workshop on River Basin Management and Rural development Programmes in Andalusia (Spain)

WWF Spain | Fresh Thoughts facilitated a workshop for WWF Spain to identify options how the Andalusian Rural Development measures (EARDF) could best contribute to the objectives of the Spanish River Basin Management Plans, as established under the Water Framework Directive.

Climate proofing of EU policies

European Commission, DG Climate Action | This study assessed the most significant threats and challenges posed by climate change to the EU by focussing on policy areas of particular relevance for the EU budget and where no or little action has been taken so far.

EU Water pricing for agriculture

European Commission, DG Climate Action | The focus of this study was to provide a general overview of the use of water pricing and water allocation policies in Europe.

Agriculture in the Baltic Sea

Federation of Swedish Farmers, Sweden | Fresh Thoughts supported the conference by preparing the Panel discussion.