Around 21% of the EU’s total surface area is covered by grassland, which makes grassland management a relevant activity for the maintenance of agro-ecosystems and rural economies. However, most of this resource is mostly left unused. To unlock this potential, the Horizon 2020 GO-GRASS project (https://www.go-grass.eu) is supporting the production of sustainable grass-based products replacing existing fossil-based alternatives, such as fertilisers or plastic-packaging.
At the occasion of the EU Green Week 2022, which focuses on the European Green Deal, the GO-GRASS project will shed light on how increased grasslands and carbon sequestration are delivering benefits for biodiversity, climate neutrality, circular economy and water quality.
14:00 Introduction to the webinar and GO-GRASS - Moderator: CLARA BOISSENIN (Prospex Institute)
14:10 EU eco-schemes incentivising grassland agroecological practices - Maria Rosa Mosquera (University of Santiago de Compostela)
14:25 The ecosystem services provided by grassland - soil carbon storage, reduced nutrient losses, reduced pesticide use, and increased biodiversity - Uffe Jørgensen (Aarhus University)
14:40 Q&A with the audience
14:55 Panel discussion:
How circular grass-based business models are revitalising rural areas in the EU? - Philipp Grundmann (ATB - Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy)
Related H2020 project: SUPER-G Sustainable Permanent Grassland - PAUL NEWELL-PRICE (ADAS)
15:30 Q&A with the audience
15:40 GO-GRASS: White Paper for grassland opportunities - NATHALIE BARGUES (Greenovate! Europe)
15:45 Statement from the Project Officer: how GO-GRASS is relevant and valuable for the EU greener future - PIRET NOUKAS (European Commission)
15:55 Concluding remarks and GO-GRASS project’s next steps - SONJA GERMER AND MULUKEN ADAMSEGED (ATB - Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy)