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Slovenia

National Multi-Actor Platform

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About the MAP

In Slovenia, the Biotechnical faculty of the University of Ljubljana coordinates the Multi-Actor Platform SVARUN. The platform operates at a national level, building on previous cooperation with national stakeholders and engagement in the advisory council of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. Additional stakeholders will be engaged as appropriate for specific themes based on their roles in the agricultural policy-making process.

The challenges in the Slovenian rural areas are depopulation, climate change, conservation of natural resources, animal welfare and nutritional trends, and food waste. The platform will work on these challenges by developing rural value chains, digitalisation, rural cooperation, innovation in agriculture, sustainable animal husbandry, and strengthening the knowledge and innovation system.

The aim is to establish the practice of combining scientific research and stakeholder views to form evidence-based policy in a mature policy cycle.

Objectives

The activities of this MAP are designed so that to achieve the following specific objectives:

  • MAP objective 1: Take stock of scientific evidence relevant to current and future developments in the fields of agriculture, natural resources and rural society relevant for national agricultural policy in the frame of the CAP.
  • MAP objective 2: Adapt this evidence to national conditions to engage citizens, researchers and policy-makers at the national level across the country in the design of recommendations for strategic planning for agriculture at the national level and taking into account future EU policy.
  • MAP objective 3: Use the outcomes of this public engagement to debate with policy-makers at the national and EU levels on concrete proposals for agricultural, food, environmental and rural policies as well as for the future research agenda at the national and EU levels.

Composition

Rural development network, youth association, business organisations, farmers organisations, central government, universities and research institutes.

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