International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)

19th Vilmer Summer Academy

Nature conservation as a partner of agriculture? Conflicting goals and opportunities for cooperation (online)

More than half of Germany's land is used for agriculture. On the one hand, the intensification of agriculture has led to enormous advances in productivity, but on the other hand, it has also led to a dramatic decline in the biodiversity associated with agriculture.

17 May 2021 - 20 May 2021
online

Information

Martina Finger

+49 38301-86-112
martina.fingerspam prevention@bfn.de

Organisators

Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in collaboration with the University of Kiel and the University of Tübingen

Leadership

Prof. Dr. Thomas Potthast, Dr. Lieske Voget-Kleschin (Universität Tübingen)
Prof. Dr. Konrad Ott (Universität Kiel)
Dr. Simon Meisch (Universität Tübingen)
Gisela Stolpe (BfN-INA)

Participants

Representatives of authorities and associations from the domains of nature conservation and agriculture, environmental and agricultural politicians, voluntary nature conservationists, persons working at the interface of "nature conservation and agriculture", natural scientists, social scientists and humanists, all others interested in the topic.

Further Information

More than half of Germany's land is used for agriculture. On the one hand, the intensification of agriculture has led to enormous advances in productivity, but on the other hand, it has also led to a dramatic decline in biodiversity linked to agriculture.
In their statements of April 2018, both the "Scientific Advisory Council on Biodiversity and Genetic Resources" and the "Scientific Advisory Council on Agricultural Policy, Nutrition and Consumer Health Protection" at the BMEL plead for a clear shift towards agricultural practices that are conducive to biodiversity conservation. In its cropping strategy of May 2018, the Central Committee of German Agriculture (ZDL) also declares the promotion of biodiversity as an important concern of agriculture. Greater promotion of biodiversity in land management can only succeed through cooperation between agriculture and nature conservation.
At the same time, the integration of nature conservation measures holds great potential to contribute to positive social appreciation of agriculture and especially of those who cultivate land.
However, in the public and also parts of nature conservation and agriculture, the two fields of action and their actors are often perceived as adversaries. The 19th Vilmer Summer Academy asks about potentials, but also difficulties as well as necessary preconditions and framework conditions of a partnership between nature conservation and agriculture. One question is which role nature conservation plays in the professional image and ethos of farmers and representatives of professional associations.
The Vilmer Summer Academy will focus on the relationship between nature conservation and agriculture as a fundamental question: Production systems, nature conservation instruments and regional development, as well as agri-sociological, environmental-ethical and political questions will be the subject of lectures and discussions.

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