When: 13.4.2018 at 9.30 AM – 15.30 PM (coffee is served at 9.00 AM)
Where: Secretariat of COPA-COGECA, Rue de Trèves 61, 1040 Bruxelles

Warmly welcome to OPAL-Life seminar on climate smart farming Friday April 13 at Copa-Cogeca premises in Brussels. The seminar shares ideas produced by the OPAL-Life -project and reflections on land use optimization, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

What does closing yield gaps mean?

Come and discuss with scientists, WWF, DG-AGRI, EIP-AGRI, COPA-COGECA and farmers. Please, find below the link to registration and program.


Chair: Chair of Copa-Cogeca WP Environment Liisa Pietola, The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK)


9:30 –9:40 Opening

9.40 – 10.40 Land Use Optimization as a means for sustainable intensification of agriculture in high latitudes, Research professor Pirjo Peltonen-Sainio, Natural Resources Institute Finland

10.40 – 11.00 Profitability of crop production in Finland and its effects on land use,
Senior specialist Sari Peltonen, ProAgria – Rural Advisory Services Finland

11.00 – 12.00 Commentaries

  • European Comission, DG Agri, Policy Analyst Nicola Di Virgilio, Policy Officer Dan Burgar-Kuzelicki
  • EIP-AGRI Service Point, Farm Practice Officer Sergiu Didicescu
  • Copa and Cogeca, Senior Policy Advisor Evangelos Koumentakos

12:00-12:30 Discussion

12:30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 14:30 Farmer views on climate change mitigation in Finland,
Research Scientist Jaana Sorvali, Natural Resources Institute Finland

14.30 – 15.30 Interactive panel discussion at EU-level on closing yield gaps;

Representatives from farmer unions and NGO’s, confirmed:

  • WWF, Jabier Ruiz
  • Danish Agriculture and Food Council, Tobias Gräs
  • Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners MTK, Airi Kulmala
  • Canale Emiliano Romagnolo (CER), Adriano Battilani

15.30 Concluding remarks

Seminar is organized by OPAL-Life (Optimizing Agricultural Land Use to Mitigate Climate Change) project in collaboration with the project partners: