Enabling Crop Biodiversity on the Market


How to develop friendly regulatory environments? For participants from Baltic and Nordic Countries, 22 - 23 November 2016, Järvenpää and Tuusula, Finland.

Organised by ESVY – Southern Finland Organic Farmers Association (www.esvy.fi), FOPA – Finnish Organic Farmers Alliance, Kuhilas Ry, Kymi Organic Coop and ARCHE NOAH (www.arche-noah.at), supported by the DIVERSIFOOD project (www.diversifood.eu).

Wednesday 23rd of November

8:30 – 9:00 Registration at Gustavelund Hotel in front of meeting room 8

9:00 – 10:30 SESSION 1: Problems and best practice examples (meeting room 8)


Juho Maula, FOPA – Finnish Organic Farmers Alliance 
Sami Kuoppamäki, Kymi Organics Coop

Duration: 1:46 min

Greetings from the ministry of agriculture of Finland

Director Veli-Pekka Talvela, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland

Duration: 8:59 min

Presentation of the workshop's scope and introduction to diversifood

Klaus Rapf, Arche Noah / Diversifood

Duration: 10:41 min

The potential of crop diversification and diversity products

Marjo Keskitalo, LUKE – Natural Resources Institute Finland

Duration: 16:26 min

The Danish implementation of EU PRM legislation and its importance for biodiversity

Merete Buus, Danish AgriFish Agency

Legislation – Enabling biodiversity in Austria?

Emil Platzer, ARCHE NOAH Austria

Duration: 11:33 min

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break in front of meeting room 8

11:00 – 12:15 SESSION 2: Country analysis PRM legislation Finland

The situation of Finnish farmers

Reijo Käki, FOPA – Finnish Organic Farmers Alliance

Duration: 11:26 min

Legal situation in Finland

Kaarina Paavilainen, Senior Officer, Evira – Finnish Food Safety Authority on behalf of Evira 
and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland 

Duration: 16:19 min

IFOAM EU's position on seed marketing laws

Effimia Chatzinikolaou, IFOAM EU

Duration: video 8:34 min

12:15 – 13:00 GROUP WORK ON SEED LEGISLATION (world cafe)
Goals/Needs – Barriers – Drivers of change

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch in Restaurant

14:00 – 16:00 SESSION 3: Presentations (meeting room 8)

World Cafe results

Consolidated world cafe results will be presented by the hosts and discussed in plenary.

Securing crop genetic diversity: reconcoling EU seed legislation and biodiversity

Christian Prip, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway

Duration: 23:38 min

The nordic user gene bank project

Jan Svensson, NordGen

Duration: 21:24 min

The french law on biodiversity

Blanche Magarinos-Rey, lawyer, Association Kokopelli

15:40 - 16:00 Afternoon coffee in the restaurant


Groups for different topics – participants can register for a group in the morning 

  • Biodiversity in Rural development
  • User Gene Bank – Interaction with end users
  • Realizing the potential of the biodiversity market and developing value chains for biodiversity products

17:00 - 18:00 CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS meeting room 8

  • Feedback from topic groups and plenary discussion of next steps
  • Closing

This project has received funding from the European Unions’s H2020 Programme under grant agreement no 633571