On Wednesday 2 December 2020, the digital ASAP conference was broadcasted from the Fokker Terminal in The Hague. The goal of the conference was to lay the foundation for increased cooperation between EU member states, market actors, and NGOs from Northwest Europe in order to develop the market for sustainable animal products.
These plans took the form of process proposals and were the result of a series of workshops that were hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality over the course of 2020 (hyperlink). At the end of the conference, the process proposals were formally presented to Dutch Minister of LNV Carola Schouten.
The programme of the ASAP conference consisted of an afternoon filled with interesting speakers and interactive break-out sessions.
The conference was attended by over 100 participants. Governments and organisations involved in the chain of production from many different Northwest European countries were represented.
Plans for 2021
In 2021, the ASAP project continues in the form of three working groups on the following topics:
- MOP+ scheme for animal welfare
- Integrated sustainability dashboard
- Financing the transition towards sustainable animal products
These working groups will continue aim to bring their plans set out in the process proposals to fruition. More information on the working groups of 2021 can be found here.