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Promoting a sustainable livestock sector in Europe

Seminar on Resource-use Efficiency

Wednesday November 7 2012, ATF organised its yearly seminar. This year's theme was: Resource-use Efficiency.

Resource-use efficiency
Resource-use efficiency is a major challenge to the sustainable development of the livestock sector in Europe and the world. At the seminar politicians, industry representatives, knowledge providers and policy-makers discussed questions like 'How does Europe's livestock sector remain competitive in a context of growing resource scarcity and a need to address climate change? What are the opportunities and challenges to improve the European livestock sector resource-use efficiency? What would a European Agenda of Action for a sustainable livestock sector look like?'

Global Agenda of Action
This seminar has been organised in close cooperation with Copa-Cogeca and the FAO. The FAO hosts the global initiative 'Global Agenda of Action for sustainable livestock sector development'. This GAA deals with resource-use efficiency on a global level through three initial focus areas:

1) Closing the efficiency gap.
2) Restoring value of grasslands
3) Zero discharge

The ATF seminar discussed the implications of the Global Agenda of Action for Europe. After presentations of experts, the 75 participants worked on a European Agenda of Action for a resource-efficient livestock sector.

The results of the seminar can be found in the report on the ATF seminar 'Resource-use Efficiency' - November 7 2012 Brussels.
The Innovation Action Plan for a sustainable livestock sector in Europe can be found here.

Please find below the presentations given during the seminar:

Welcome presentation of Paul Vriesekoop, chair of the ATF
Presentation Henning Steinfeld, FAO: ‘The global resource crises and livestock’
Presentation Ruud Tijssens, Agrifirm: ‘Closing the efficiency gap – a contribution from European feed industry’
Presentation Alain Peeters, RHEA: ‘Restoring value of grasslands’
Presentation Nigel Penlington, BPEX: ‘Zero discharge – towards full recovery of nutrients and energy from manure’.