Monday, December 11, 2023

PEPAC must move towards biodiversity-friendly agriculture

When the PEPAC evaluation plan in Spain has been completed, directed by the Monitoring Committee, and sent to the European Commission, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is meeting today and tomorrow the ‘Presentation Conference on the Evaluation Plan of the CAP Strategic Plan’

The days are inclusive presentations in baseline assessments autonomous communities and will feature presentations from the European Commission on European CAP evaluation support service and on the evaluation team of the PEPAC Management Authority, among others. In addition, there is participatory dynamics which will allow the criteria of the interested parties attending the activity to be taken into account in the preparation of the evaluation design documents.

Ana Carricondo, Head of Conservation Programs at SEO/BirdLife, participant as assistant in participatory dynamics, explained about the PEPAC Evaluation Plan: “Improvements in the management and promotion of participation in the continuous evaluation of PEPAC are appreciated in this phase, but it should not stop there.” According to him, “We need to make sure that the results are recognized and responded to the necessary changes in terms of environmental objectives, which until now is the worst evaluated and, in any case, with some successes in previous seasons. Therefore, this evaluation plan should contribute fully The CAP aims to move towards sustainable agricultural management and ensure the conservation of basic resources for agriculture itself, such as water, soil, and addition to contributing to the protection of species and protected areas linked to agricultural activity”

The III Atlas of Breeding Birds in Spain highlights the general decline of most species associated with agricultural environments, estimated at 27% in less than three decades, as also shown in the results of the Sacre program. Some of its representatives are the lark, the common and ricotí larks, the Ortega and Iberian sandgrouse, the little bustard and the Eurasian bustard, the wheatear, the quail, the red partridge, and the rufous grouse. Some signs (birds) warn that some of the agricultural practices promoted by the CAP will damage agricultural ecosystems, especially in dry land, with a general reduction in wildlife populations.“At SEO/BirdLife we ​​provide relevant information on the status of birds associated with agricultural environments, and we have participated in CAP monitoring for decades. Therefore, we now request that this evaluation plan include the obligations of the PEPAC Strategic Environmental Declaration, which precisely includes its deficiencies in terms of biodiversity or water, and mitigation and adaptation to climate change in the agricultural sector,” concluded Carricondo. .

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