The Sixth REAWG Soil Partnership Meeting, held during APF 2023 in Podgorica, Montenegro

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The Agricultural Policy Forum 2023 (APF) gathered 116 representatives of relevant institutions from 15 countries from Southeast Europe beyond on October 25th and 26th in Podgorica, Montenegro. The focus of the APF 2023 was on partnership and cooperation in dealing with climate adaptation in SEE. The Agricultural Policy Forum 2023 was held under the joint auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Montenegro and the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South-Eastern Europe. Podgorica Agenda summarizes the main outcomes of the Forum.

The Sixth Meeting of Regional Expert Advisory Working Group (REAWG) on Soil Partnership was held in the scope of the APF 2023. Conclusions from the Soil Partnership Meeting: https://apf.seerural.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/WG-1-Conclusions-Regional-Soil-Partnership.pdf

The APF 2023 underscores the significance of coordinated efforts, knowledge exchange, and policy alignment in dealing with soil health concerns in the SEE. It recommends a specific action on aligning with the EU’s Soil Strategy 2030 and enhancing the capacity of stakeholders to implement sustainable soil management practices. Regular monitoring is essential for addressing soil health issues such as contamination, erosion, soil degradation, the loss of organic carbon, and unsustainable land use.

The APF 2023 encourages further institutional development of the Western Balkan Soil Partnership as a platform for exchanging knowledge and identifying best practices for safeguarding soil against pollution and degradation, ultimately leading to sustainable soil management.