E-Conference 2006 - 2007

Theme: Policy Support for Agroforestry in the European Union



The e-mail based conference was initiated as Single Farm Payments were being introduced across the European Union. It also took place before the national implementation of the new Rural Development Regulation (2007-2013), which includes an Article (44) allowing payments for establishment of new agroforestry systems, and the possibility of new agro-environment and forest-environment payments.

The conference aimed to cover three topics.

  • Topic 1 considered Article 44 of the Rural Development Regulation (2007-2013) and asked if member states will use this opportunity to establish new areas of agroforestry.
  • Topic 2 considered the Single Farm Payment and whether member states would exclude areas with scattered tree cover from payment?
  • Topic 3 considered the links between agri-environment payments and the establishment of trees on farms.

Conference Organisers:

  • Gerry Lawson,
  • Christian Dupraz,
  • Fabien Liagre,
  • Paul Burgess and
  • Gerardo Moreno


The Organisers have produced a synthesis for each of the topic areas. These are available on-line as PDF files via the appropriate links:

  • Liagre, F., Dupraz, C., Lawson, G., Papanastasis, V.P., Pilbeam, D.J., Schumann, F., Strachan, M., Thomas, T. and Waterhouse, A. (2006) Synthesis of Topic 1: Article 44 of the Rural Development Regulation (2007-2013) - will this opportunity to establish areas of new agroforestry be exploited by member states? Produced June 2006. France: Agroof Développement. Synthesis
  • Burgess, P.J., Dupraz, C., Incoll, L.D., Lawson, G., Liagre, F., Moreno, G., Palma, J., Papanastasis, V., McAdam, J., Sibbald, A. & Thomas, T. (2006). Synthesis to Topic 2: the Single Farm Payment - how are single farm payments affected by tree cover? Produced 15 June 2006. UK: Cranfield University. Synthesis
  • Moreno, G. (2006). Synthesis to Topic 3: agri-environment payments and the establishment of trees on farms - past and future? Produced June 2006. Spain: University of Extremadura. Synthesis


The conference was sponsored by:

the Farm Woodland Forum

the EU SAFE Project


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