Policy Influencer Event, 30th May 2023

Venue: Brussels & online




On 30 May at 10am, two NSR Interreg projects are organising a hybrid event on solutions to work towards the recovery of farmland biodiversity and improve crop pollination

In 2020, the European Commission launched the Biodiversity strategy for 2030 (, after the previous 2020 strategy failed to deliver on all farmland targets. The new strategy aims to correct this, but because success is directly linked to the Common Agricultural Policy (, targets may again be missed. Meanwhile, reduced crop pollination is negatively affecting yields on Europe’s farms, caused by diminishing pollinator numbers, especially bees.

Agri-environmental schemes (AES) play a key role in helping to achieve the EU’s biodiversity targets and increase crop yields, but they face many challenges: European Agri-environmental Policy: Evolution, Effectiveness, and Challenges | European Forest Institute (

Based on the results and lessons learnt of two North Sea Region Interreg projects, PARTRIDGE and BEESPOKE, participants of this event will be presented with a set of clear suggestions and solutions on how future AES’ should be designed to help address the EU’s nature and yield deficits on farmland.


The PARTRIDGE, Interreg VB North Sea Region Programme demonstrated how biodiversity on arable farmland can be increased, while a large-scale online survey provided practical answers on how-to-improve-ae-scheme-uptake-and-provision_key-messages-for-policy-influencers.pdf (

undefined The BEESPOKE, Interreg VB North Sea Region Programme showed how levels of insect pollinators and crop pollination can be increased at local and landscape scales by providing land managers and policy makers with new expertise, tools and financial knowledge to create more sustainable and resilient agroecosystems.

Practical information

  • Hybrid info session on 30 May 2023 from 10am to 12am.
  • Location: Comité of the Regions, Room JDE52 for main event and Atrium 5 for your lunch
  • Rue Belliard/Belliardstraat 101, B-1040 Bruxelles/Brussel,
  • Participation is free, but registration is required until 22 May.
  • Language of this event is English.
  • A few days before the event you will receive a link to access the online session.


10:00 u. : Welcome by Joke Shauvliege, host of CoR & Member of Committee of Regions

10:05 u. : Keynote by ELO, to be confirmed

10:15 u. : Setting the scene: Limitations experienced by key stakeholders

(farmer, hunter, scientist, politician)

10:30 u. : Key recommendations from the PARTRIDGE project

Dr Francis Buner, Head of PARTRIDGE & Fien Oost, project manager in NL

10:40 u. : Q & A

10:45 u. : Tools and Key recommendations from the BEESPOKE project

Prof John Holland, Head of BEESPOKE & Dr Michelle Fountain, project manager England

10:55 u. : Q & A

11:00 u. : BREAK

11:15 u. : Panel discussion with plenary involvement: Solutions and how key stakeholders perceive them. Andrea Kuiper (BirdLife NL), Laurent Govaert (Flemish young farmer), Alia Atitar de la Fuente (DG AGRI), Lotta Fabricius (Beekeeper), Dr Magnus Ljung(Social scientist)

12:00 u. : Synopsis by IEEP, to be confirmed

Facilitator: Els Seghers, Vlaamse Landmaatschappij (VLM)

12:15: End

12:30 – 14:30 u. : Buffet Lunch

Networking session

Registration is required until 22 May!


Questions and info

Paul Stephens

E. | T. 0044 7812 753386