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The European Chestnut sector showcases its economic, social and environmental assets to the European Parliament
Thirty representatives from EUROCASTANEA showcased the many assets of the European Chestnut Network to the European Parliament on the 4th December 2019.
On the 4th of December, chestnut sector representatives from France, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Austria had the opportunity to present the strengths and weaknesses of European chestnut producers to the members of the Parliament. MEP Pina Picierno (S&D), who hosted the event, highlighted the importance of chestnut orchards and its occupancy of rural territories, also focusing on the high nutritive value of this particular fruit and on the strong potential of its interesting gluten-free composition.
The other MEPs who took the floor at the meeting to share their views in support of the European Chestnut sector were MEPs Isabel Carvalhais (S&D), Álvaro Amaro (EPP) and Paolo de Castro (S&D). All MEPs present agreed on the multifunctionality of the chestnut both as a fruit tree and a timber tree. Their interventions underlined how chestnut orchards are essential in the rural landscape because the trees often grow where no other production could be harvested. The orchards also contribute to the fight against climate change thanks to their determining role in carbon sequestration (carbon stock and flux) in ligneous biomass. Furthermore, the MEPs noted that the old chestnut trees are home to an exceptional biodiversity in their cavities.

These facts are well detailed in the White Paper of the European Chestnut, a report published by Eurocastanea and AREFLH that was presented during the meeting and which identifies all the assets, challenges and market data of the chestnut production across Europe. Read more.

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The sponsors of the meeting at the EP
The EUROCASTANEA network has the following missions:
  • to represent, defend and promote the common interests of producers, manufacturers and commercial operators of the chestnut sector in the European and world economy
  • to foster dialogue, consultations, studies and joint action among its members
  • to strengthen the representation of the chestnut sector to the European institutions, regional and national public authorities.
  • to promote the renovation of the European chestnut orchards
  • to organise the yearly European Chestnut Congress
The European Chestnut Network is headed and animated by  AREFLH, the Assembly of European Horticultural Regions.
Copyright © 2019 AREFLH / EUROCASTANEA, All rights reserved.

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