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Ukraine: 5th International Central/Eastern Europe and Central Asia Conference

The 5th International Conference on the Development of the Organic Sector in Central/Eastern European and Central Asian countries is considered by the participants and organizers to have been a great success. 225 participants from 30 countries attended the conference, which was held from 16-17 April, 2015 in Kiev. “Greening the economy” was the central thread that ran through the programme and the discussions throughout the conference and highlighted the socio-environmental benefits of organic agriculture and its great potential for leveraging a transition to a Green Economy in the agricultural sector. Co-organizer Gerald A. Herrmann, Organic Services, Munich, presents a summarizing report on the event.

Picture (FLTR): Opening panel with Asad Naqvi, Acting Head Green Economy Advisory Services Unit, Economics and Trade Branch UNEP, Switzerland, Dr. Eugene Milovanov, President Organic Federation of Ukraine (2nd), Iaroslav Krasnopolskyi, First Vice-Minister in Ukraine’s Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, André Leu, President IFOAM Organics International, Australia and Gerald A. Herrmann, Director Organic Services, Germany.

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