Major French conference on biodiversity and agriculture
The Conference on Biodiversity and agriculture: today’s challenges, tomorrow’s research for more sustainable farming" was held on 4th and 5th November 2008 in Montpellier, France.
The event targeted European and International decision-makers and stakeholders. The programme focused on an area of research that is currently seeing considerable growth, exploring the enhancement of biodiversity through agriculture as well as the impact of agriculture on biodiversity. During the conference, presentations, and feedback from preliminary events and discussion panels were provided by researchers, decision-makers and representatives from civil society. Four principal topics were discussed: the services provided by ecosystems and agricultural landscapes, impacts and driving forces in northern and southern countries, the role of landscape structures and the international organisation of research and knowledge.
Videos of the conference, including speeches by the French Minister for Higher Education and Research and the French Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, together with the conclusions of the conference can be downloaded from the conference website: www.inra.fr
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