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"What's the role of the EU in sustainable water usage in agriculture"?

Conference organised by the European Commission, DG for Agriculture and Rural Development, within the Expo Zaragoza 2008 "Water and Sustainable development", 11 July 2008

This Conference organised within the context of the International Exposition of Zaragoza 2008 dedicated to "Water and Sustainable development" aimed at exchanging views and ideas for policy measures to encourage a better use of water resources by agriculture. The increasing trend in water demand and projected effects of climate change on water resources have lead to greater concerns within the EU about water scarcity and droughts and how to address the problems these create. The sustainable use of water is a vital objective for all.

The conference brought together EU, national, and regional policy makers, representatives of farmers and environmental organisations, researchers from the area of agriculture and water, and other stakeholders involved in water management.

The conference was web-streamed, so everybody had the opportunity to watch it live on their computers. You can now watch the recording.

  • Background [pdf available in enesfr]
  • Speaker CVs [pdf available in en]
  • Press release [pdf available in enesfr]

Proceedings of the Conference

09:30 – 11:45

Opening session

09:30 – 09:35

Opening remarks by Chairman Antonis Constantinou, Director, Directorate General Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

09:35 – 09:45

Welcome by Marcelino Iglesias, President of Aragón

09:45 – 10:45

Presentations by

  • Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission [pdf] 
  • Elena Espinosa, Minister for the Environment and the Rural and Marine Environment, Spain
  • Neil Parish, Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

10:45 – 11:00

Questions moderated by Antonis Constantinou

11:30 – 13:00

Round table on "Water scarcity, drought, and climate change. How to adapt water use in agriculture?"

Moderator: Antonis Constantinou

Panel Speakers:

  • Luis Garrote de Marcos, Polytechnic University of Madrid [pdf]

  • Angel Barbero, Deputy Director of Irrigation and Water Economy, Ministry for the Environment and the Rural and Marine Environment, Spain [pdf]

  • Pedro Ribeiro, Deputy Director, Planning and Policy Cabinet, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Portugal [pdf]

  • Davide Viaggi, Department of Agricultural Economics and Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy
    Stéphane le Foll, Member of the European Parlament

12:25 – 13:00

Open discussion

13:00 – 14:15

Round table on "What's the role of the EU in sustainable water usage in agriculture" - Perspectives for future legislative and policy instruments

Moderator: Antonis Constantinou

Panel Speakers:

  • Kristell Astier-Cohu, Head of Unit for Soil and Water, Ministry of Agriculture, France

  • Eugenia Pommaret, COPA/COGECA representative (FNSEA - Federation national des Syndicats d'exploitants Agricoles, France) [pdf]

  • David Howell, Coordinator for Environmental Policy, SEO/BirdLife [pdf]

  • Esther Herranz García, Member of the European Parlament 

13:45 – 14:15

Open discussion

14:15 – 14:30

Closing session

Concluding remarks by Antonis Constantinou [pdf]




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EU Pavilion at EXPO Zaragoza


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Last update: 22-08-2008