Story | 09 Oct, 2018
Agriculture plays a crucial role in European society, securing the production of sufficient and safe food and sustaining viable rural communities. But, as a new IUCN report shows, agriculture depends on nature, for soil fertility, water, pollination, pest control, amongst other services.
Story | 04 May, 2018
Unsustainable farming is the largest threat to Europe’s unique biodiversity and the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) makes up the largest part of the EU budget. That is why EU policymakers need to ensure that direct payments under the next CAP are awarded to farmers in exchange for…
Story | 12 Dec, 2017
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has found that the ‘greening’ of direct payments under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has been environmentally ineffective.
Story | 02 Nov, 2016
Until recently, the significance of forest dependence had not been well understood. It was generally assumed that the livelihood value of forests was primarily derived from cash commodities like charcoal – and particularly for poorer households, as a safety net to help them through hard times.…