EU Call for Proposals: Information and promotion about the sustainable aspect of rice production

Rice cultivation is a sensitive and specific practice at European level, since it is produced in areas where there are few crop alternatives. Its preservation and improvement contribute to the sustainability of rice producing regions, by playing an active role in maintaining rural areas, protecting nature and preserving biodiversity.
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The objective is to highlight the sustainable aspect of rice sector. Rice production in Europe has a particular environmental dimension, being at the heart of the preservation of certain wetlands. Rice cultivation is a sensitive and specific practice at European level, since it is produced in areas where there are few crop alternatives. Its preservation and improvement contribute to the sustainability of rice producing regions, by playing an active role in maintaining rural areas, protecting nature and preserving biodiversity. Actions shall highlight the environmental sustainability of the production, stressing its beneficial role for climate action and the environment.
 
Actions will for example address how the product(s) promoted and its/their production method(s) contribute to:
  • climate change mitigation (e.g. reduction in greenhouse gas emissions) and/or adaptation; 
  • biodiversity, conservation and sustainable use (e.g. landscape, genetic resources); 
  • sustainable water management (e.g. water use efficiency, reduction of nutrients or pesticides load); 
  • sustainable soil management (e.g. erosion control; 
  • nutrient balance; prevention of acidification, salinization). 
 
They may also highlight the role of the rice production in providing employment in rural areas.
 
Dateline for proposal submission16 April 2019 17:00:00 Brussels time
 
Source: European Commission

Illustration Photo: Rice field in Assago, Lombardy, Italy. (credits: fabcom / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))

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