Conference "Farming for biodiversity: building on know-how from the results-based payment scheme (RBPS) pilots"

Event date: 
17 October 2019

The European Commission invites you to a conference on results-based payment schemes for biodiversity achievements in agriculture.

The event will take place on October 17th, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. The conference is organized by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), on behalf of the European Commission. 

A results-based payment approach has been recognized as a promising avenue to enhance the effectiveness of biodiversity measures in farmland, as well as to reduce complexity of the implementation and control. With the financial support from the European Parliament, the European Commission has implemented three pilot on-farm projects (Ireland/Navarra, Romania and England) on results-based payment schemes (RBPS) for the enhancement of biodiversity. The pilots have provided better understanding of the key aspects of such schemes (design, implementation, controlling and verifying results, and cost-effectiveness) and investigated their potential to deliver on biodiversity as well as opportunities for scaling up.

This all day event will:

  • Showcase the findings of the RBPS pilot projects that ran from 2014 to 2019 in eight areas of Ireland, Spain, Romania and the UK;
  • Demonstrate evidence of biodiversity and policy impacts, illustrate what worked and why, and hear about the experiences of the farmers and project staff involved in the pilots;
  • Facilitate a discussion among a broad range of experts, policymakers, implementing authorities and stakeholders about the potential of RBPS to contribute towards halting negative biodiversity trends in farmland, and how that potential could be better utilized, particularly in the context of the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy.

The event is of particular interest to policy makers working in the area of agriculture, biodiversity and nature conservation, CAP managing authorities and paying agencies, nature conservation authorities, researchers, farmers and farm advisors, NGOs, and other actors interested in the design or implementation of RBPS for biodiversity. The conference will be in English. There is no registration fee but participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.

Registration is open on this website before 20th of August, 2019. 

For more information, contact the organizers at rbps@ieep.eu or visit the website https://ieep.eu/news/event-building-on-the-know-how-from-the-results-based-payment-scheme-rbps-pilots