POLICY PROGRAMME

BERAS International is a genuine ecological alternative for a good environmental status of the Baltic Sea, mitigating adverse climate effects from agriculture, and secures a sustainable and prosperous development in the region.

POLITICSThe project develops various concepts and supports practical implementation. This is partly consumer-driven but we also need to change the institutional frameworks such as the EU Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). Our task is both to make changes in the framework and to properly understand the opportunities for change in the existing rules and regulations by giving recommendations for policies, legislation and strategies.

BERAS International has a political recognition with support from ministries, local and regional authorities and from national ecological and environmental NGOs in the Baltic Sea Region including Norway and Russia. This network gives us the opportunity to properly discuss and formulate policy instruments to overcome economic barriers for conversion and provide long term economic incentives to allow a fundamental transformation away from external input dependent and agro-chemical intensive agriculture to Ecological Regenerative Agriculture.

You can read more about BERAS policy recommendations in our publications:

Policy Recommendations to Save the Baltic Sea – Conversion to Ecological Regenerative Agriculture Sea presents measures on transnational and national levels to promote a conversion to Ecological Recycling Agriculture (ERA) within the Baltic Sea region. It addresses international organizations, governments, authorities, NGOs, adviser agencies and farmers with the target to reduce negative environmental impacts of conventional agricultural methods by applying the ERA concept.

Policy Interventions for Ecological Regenerative Agriculture explores the policy options available to governments that wish to promote a conversion to ERA. It concludes that national flexibility is considerable both in terms of legislation, taxation and financial support schemes. For EU member states, there exist a number of little-used possibilities to utilize funding from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to reward farmers for recycling practices.