BESTMAP's final event "Research Lessons to Inform Future CAP reform" took place in Brussels
On February 7, 2024, the final dissemination event of BESTMAP, titled "Research Lesson to Inform Future CAP reform" took place. The event was coordinated by the project's partners from RISE Foundation, in collaboration with BESTMAP's sister projects within the AGRIMODELS cluster and under the umbrella of the ForumForAg initiative.
The conference commenced with a welcoming speech by Tassos Haniotis, an advisor for sustainable productivity at the Form for the Future of Agriculture and a senior guest research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. His speech was on the role of analytical tools in the CAP policy debate.
Next, Tomáš Václavík from Palacký University Olomouc presented on BESTMAP's four-year journey, detailing the processes involved in crafting case studies across Humber, Mulde, South Moravia, Catalonia, and Bačka. James Bullock, from the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, discussed BESTMAP's transition from regional case studies to European policy-making, outlining the steps, showcasing possible new case study areas, addressing faced challenges, and proposing the agile adaptive policy cycle.
John Helming was the spokesperson of the MIND STEP project, a part of the AGRIMODELS cluster, at the event pointing out the Mind Step Model Toolbox and introducing their policy recommendations. Lisa Baldi represented the AGRICORE Project, also part of the AGRIMODELS cluster, outlined the project's approaches and highlighted the final steps toward project completion.
After each presentation, Q&A sessions allowed stakeholders, policymakers, and representatives to engage with each speaker. The event concluded with a panel discussion led by RISE Foundation and Forum for the Future of Agriculture, featuring members of the Joint Research Centre at the European Commission, political analysts, scientists, DG AGRI members, and the Director of EU's Agri&Forestry-Related Policies at the European Landowners' Organization. The aim was to synthesise information, exchange experiences, articulate opinions, suggest shifting focus from costs to benefits as a selling point, and formulate proposals on how the final project products could be implemented at both local and European levels. The discussion also set the stage for the upcoming Forum for the Future of Agriculture annual conference next month.