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September 30 - October 1, 2009: Organic Agriculture, Biodiversity and Business in Sofia, Bulgaria

The conference 'Organic Agriculture, Biodiversity and Business', to take place in Sofia, is organised by Avalon.

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Sofia, Bulgaria

Numerous studies indicate that in general, organic farming is more beneficial to biodiversity than non-organic management. Due to careful management, ecological infrastructure maintenance, moderate nutrients input and avoidance of agrichemicals, organically farmed areas very often have a much higher abundance and diversity of plants, invertebrates, birds and mammals. In comparison to non-organic farms, organic farms show more weed and total plant species, have more evenly distributed numbers among genera and harbour more native and exotic plant species than conventional systems. They often attract significantly more predatory species, earthworms, butterflies, spiders, bees, bats, birds and bees and food chains appear more often on organic than conventional farms.

The conference objectives are to:

  1. Inform about potentials and challenges of organic farming in regard to biodiversity.
  2. Provide opportunity to exchange ideas about research, education and demonstration projects and opportunities on organic farming and biodiversity.
  3. Inspire to adopt policies fostering development of organic farming and promoting the spread of its practices.

The conference will bring together a range of organic farming stakeholders, mainly from Central and East European countries, the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The participants are expected to come from the ministries, universities, research institutes, extension service, organic NGOs and the business sector.

The conference is organised by Avalon, an international, Netherlands-based foundation supporting organic agriculture and rural development in Eastern Europe and other regions/countries whose economies are in transition.

The conference takes place in the framework of several events, all organised by Avalon.

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Links and info

    1. Avalon Network Meeting (Sep 26 – 27) (for registered network members only)
    2. International Conference on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change (Sep 28 – 29) (open for all public)
    3. International Conference on Organic Agriculture, Biodiversity and Business (Sep 30 – Oct 1) (open for all public)
    4. Rhodopi Mountains Study Tour (Oct 1 - 3) (on invitation only)
    5. Organic Food Excursion (Sep 29) (open for all public)

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