3rd Annual Conference, Reading, 12-13 December 1995
of the European Environmental Advisory Councils EEAC
Sustainable Land Use in Europe
The Third Annual Conference addressed the subject of sustainable land use in Europe. It was held at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in Reading, England, and organised by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution on behalf of the advisory bodies.
The conference was chaired by Sir John Houghton, the Chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and by the Earl of Cranbrook, the Chairman of English Nature. It was attended by about 50 delegates, mainly representatives of a range of European environmental advisory bodies.
The following papers were given:
Sustainable Use of Soils
The Earl of Selborne, Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP)
Land Use and the Concept of Environmental Space
Mr E Nijpels, The Netherlands Council for the Environment (RMb)
Reflections on the Ecological Role of Agriculture
Professor Wolfgang Haber, German Council for the Care of the Countryside
Future Support for European Agriculture
Professor J S Marsh, University of Reading, UK
The Potential of the Agri-environment Element of the Common Agricultural Policy
Mr F Fay, European Commission, DG VI
Biodiversity and CAP Reform
Sue Collins, English Nature
Mitigating the Environmental Effect of Intensive Agriculture
Professor Joyce Tait, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
Tir Cymen, a Farm Stewardship Scheme Model
Dr M E Smith, Countryside Council for Wales (CCW)
Future Land Use in Europe
Henk C van Latesteijn, The Netherlands Scientific Council on Government Policy (WRR)
Putting Information to Work and Some Highlights from the Report "Environment in the European Union 1995"
Ms T Solhaug, European Environment Agency (EEA)
EU Policy and Integrated Rural Development
Professor Theo Beckers, The Council for Nature Policy
Sustainable Land Use: Instrumental Prerequisites for Its Realization
Professor Hubert Wiggering and Professor Hans-Jürgen Ewers, The German Council of Environmental Advisors (SRU)
Following the conference a group representing some of the European environmental advisory bodies was set up to produce a statement developed from its conclusions. This statement covering environmentally sustainable land use, reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and development of a rural sustainability policy was published in 1996. Copies can be obtained from English Nature. It includes recommendations for action by the EU, EU Member States and by the WTO.