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					     THE FUTURE OF MOUNTAIN LIVESTOCK
                 FARMING :
     A TERRITORIAL AND ECONOMIC STAKE
                FOR EUROPE
      European seminar organised in the framework of the Livestock
              Summit, Clermont Ferrand, 7 octobre 2009
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                                 Provisional agenda
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I- CONTENT

The seminar is structured in three modules :
    Which place does Europe want to give to its livestock sector ?
    What risks and opportunities for mountain livestock farming ?
    What are the proposals of the mountain massifs ?

Introduction by the President of COPAMAC SIDAM, Jacques Chazalet

1st module : Which place does Europe want to give to its livestock sector?
In short : Mountain livestock farming is object of multiple expectations, sometimes contradictory
and is object of numerous policies. The blurred image European society has today of livestock
farming is enhanced by the fact that policies, through multiple and sometimes confusing
instruments, sustain types of breeding systems that do not all deliver the same products and
services to society. It is necessary to clarify the context in which mountain livestock farming
development must be organised.

What are the expectations of consumers and society in a context where image of breeding is
more and more blurred (intensive breeding, deforestation and sanitary crisis on one hand,
idealized image of a traditional agriculture with cows eating grass in pastures on the other
hand)?
Speakers : Consumers association and/or Opinion polls institute

What impacts has the CAP had on the different types of breeding systems in Europe ?
Speakers : French Livestock technical institute or other institutes having conducted an impact
study on the CAP

In the framework of future discussions on the EU budget and on the CAP, what visions and
expectations do Public authorities have towards the Future of European livestock farming after
2013 ? What role, in particular, for mountain breeding ?
Speakers : European Commission – DG AGRI
2nd module : What risks and opportunities for mountain livestock farming ?

In short : Context and evolution of policies developed in module 1 help to identify some risks for
mountain breeding but also numerous opportunities. This module will show that mountain livestock
farming, matching the major territorial stakes, is a productive activity which delivers a lot to
European society in terms of products and local economy, but also in terms of environment and
culture, by analyzing opportunities and threats related to these different aspects.

Mountain livestock farming as the indispensable basis of mountain economies, essential
to maintaining population and other economic activities
Speaker : a rural elected representative (French or other european country)

Mountain livestock farming, provider of mountain agro-food products answering the needs of
European consumers for a more authentic food anchored in the territory and differentiated,
basis for added-value chains of processing and marketing.
Speaker : A member of the EuroMARC team (European Project on development of mountain
products)

Mountain livestock farming as a land management tool, basis for recreation and touristic
activities (landscapes, prevention of natural hazards like fires and floodings, built,
environmental and cultural heritage).
Speaker : French association for zootechnie and/or elected rural representative and/or ARPE

3rd module : What are the proposals of the mountain massifs ?
Presentation of common proposals from European mountain ranges by Sylvain Marmier.

Debate on the proposals :
Round table coordinated by Sylvain Marmier :
       - A representative from COPA-COGECA
       - French Ministry of agriculture
       - A member of the European Parliament (COMAGRI)
       - One or two European elected representative(s) from mountain areas
       - A COPAMAC SIDAM representative

         If possible :
               o A representative of the agro-food industry ??
               o Representatives from Spatial management ministry or from collective
                   authorities

Conclusion of the seminar by the President of EUROMONTANA : André Marcon

II- PUBLIC CONCERNED :
      EUROMONTANA members,
      Agricultural professional organisations at Massif Central level, national and European
      level
      Elected representatives from mountain areas
      Environnemental organisations
      Processors of agro-food products
      Consumer associations
Expected participation : 160

III- PLACE AND DATE
Livestock summit, Clermont Ferrand, 7th of october 2009 from 1.30 pm to 6 pm.

				
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