08.30   Registration and welcome coffee

09.00   Welcome address

 Moderated by Claudia Olazabal (Head of Unit, DG Environment)

Joanna Drake (Deputy Director-General for Environment, European Commission)

 Ibrahim Thiaw (Executive Secretary of the UNCCD)

 Leena Ylä-Mononen (Director-General of the Environmental Protection Department at the   Ministry of Environment of Finland)


09.45  The need to address land and soil degradation in the EU

Moderated by Linda Maring (Deltares)

1) Implementation of land and soil-related SDGs in the EU
     Saskia Keesstra (Wageningen Environmental Research)
2) Soil condition in Europe 2020
     Rainer Baritz (European Environment Agency)
3) Combating desertification in the European Union
     Phil Wynn Owen (European Court of Auditors)

10.45   Coffee

11.15    4) The World Atlas of Desertification 

 Michael Cherlet (Joint Research Centre, European Commission)

 5) A global call for action for healthy soils

 Camilla Nordheim-Larsen (Programme Coordinator, Global Mechanism of the UNCCD)

12.00   Panel Discussion: A growing sense of urgency for healthy soils

 Moderated by Saskia Keesstra (Wageningen Environmental Research)

 with Rainer Baritz, Phil Wynn Owen, Michael Cherlet, Camilla Nordheim-Larsen

13.00   Lunch

14.00   Time for action

 Moderated by Melanie Muro (Milieu)

 6) The role of research
 Cees Veerman (Chair of the Horizon Europe mission on Soil Health and Food)

 7) Experiences with land degradation neutrality in the EU

 Germany: Kirstin Marx (German Environment Agency)
 Italy: Anna Luise (Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research)

 8) IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land
 Jean-François Soussana (INRA, Co-author of the report)

 9) Linking diets to soils: political economy issues
 Olivier De Schutter (Co-chair International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems)

 10) Importance of soil awareness for actions needed to address soil degradation in    the   EU
 Gabriele Broll (Osnabrück University)

16.00   Coffee 

16.30   Panel discussion: the way forward

 Moderated by Linda Maring (Deltares)
 With Claudia Olazabal, Rosa Poch (ITPS Chair) and Gabriele Broll

17.30    End

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