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Constructive talks between agriculture, state ministries and nature conservation


March 5, 2024 - How can the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), its implementation in Germany and state programs such as FAKT and LPR be redesigned so that farms can provide more environmental and nature conservation services? The Lake Constance Foundation addressed this question with project partners at the second meeting of the Baden-Württemberg state platform. Of particular importance: in addition to farmers, this time representatives from environmental and agricultural ministries and nature conservation were also present.

The Lake Constance Foundation project team had already held two meetings with farmers in the Hohenlohe, Northern Upper Rhine and Lake Constance regions. The proposed solutions developed there were now discussed with participants from the other regions. 

Employees from the Ministry of Food, Rural Areas and Consumer Protection and the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment were also invited to the meeting in Stuttgart. Representatives from BUND and NABU also participated. "Our aim was to broaden the perspective and subject the regionally developed proposals to an initial check," says project manager Carolina Wackerhagen. This was achieved in an open atmosphere and constructive discussions. 

In the regional platforms, solutions were proposed to remove obstacles, new measures to promote biodiversity were suggested and cornerstones for a future funding program were developed. The next step in the project will be additional regional meetings with farmers in the fall before a final state-wide exchange.