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Would you like for your children to still be able to see Europe’s ancient living landscapes? It is essential to protect and make use of these old yet sustainable land uses throughout Europe. For example, with the support of high-quality agricultural products such as the unique mountain honey; or exciting alternative ways of small-scale agritourism that also protect our biodiversity. Join us as we explore the questions around agroforestry and ancient forest protection.

About the Event:

Agroforestry and small scale traditional farming systems as well as multi- functional forest landscapes survived in many rural areas in Europe (as in mountains and islands) that escaped the large scale agricultural transformation that has been supported by the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). In order to make the agricultural landscapes of Europe more resilient to climate change, funds like the NextGenerationEU must be appropriated for only sustainable projects.

This event will gather experts in the fields of nature conservation, agriculture science & policy and will provide best practice examples from Greece and Romania.

A summary report / booklet produced based on the outcomes gathered in the previous three events organised by GEF and the Greek Green Institute will be presented. The focus of these previous webinars was mainly on productive reforestation in Greece and will show best practice examples from all over Europe.


This event is part of the Green European Foundations project Deforestation and Climate Change with the support of FREDA and the Green Institute Greece and it follows the three events held in March on productive reforestation, climate change, desertification, erosion and the EU Recovery and Resilience Fund.

The aim of the event is to explore the following questions:

● How applied agroforestry systems in practice could be supported by the EU Common Agricultural Policy?

● How to ensure that farmers, landowners living in less favourable areas benefit from the Recovery Fund?

● How could the EU found/support the multifunctional forestry bases not only on timber production but also on non timber products such as old growth local varieties of fruits and wild fruiting trees and berries as well as mushrooms?

● How to maintain the old multifunctional mountain landscapes and ecosystems that are abandoned by traditional agricultural activities?


Dr. Rigas Tsiakiris – Forest Ecologist,  Scientific Committee of the Green Institute Greece

  • Introduction to the GEF and Greek Green Institute’s Booklet on productive reforestation, presenting best practices

Matthias Schickhofer

  • Integration of (strict) nature protection and small scale agriculture in the Carpathians

Michael Vrahnakis, Professor (Dept. Forestry & Wood Sciences & Design), University of Thessaly, Karditsa, Greece

  • The need to revitalize traditional silvoarable landscapes in the Mediterranean

Anastasia Pantera – Professor, Department of Forestry and Natural Environment Management, Agricultural University of Athens

  • Silvopastoral systems in time

Martin Häusling – MEP, European Parliament

Moderated by: Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg, Member of the Greens/EFA Group, European Parliament




Where: Online platform – ZOOM

Date:  17th May

Time:  17:00 to 19:00 CET

Audience: This webinar is open to the general public

Registrations: Click Here

Language:  This webinar will be in English language


This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of FREDA – Die Grüne Zukunftsakademie & Greek Green Institute and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of this event.

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