AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
There is an increasing concern among BSEC member states about the sustainability of agricultural and rural development policies. Most BSEC countries are still confronted with the challenge of satisfying food demands and reducing poverty in the region while preserving their natural resources. At the same time, maintaining a competitive agricultural sector that can be successfully integrated in the global markets is a long-term policy goal. The economic potential of the region is significant and the rural economy will continue to form a significant part of BSEC‘s economic and social structure well into the 21st century. Therefore, being convinced that sustainable agriculture in the BSEC region must be stimulated by giving rural development an impetus, based on a new legal and political framework, in its recommendation on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (rec. 54/2001), the PABSEC expressed its commitment to seek means of revitalizing rural areas, which, while preserving their rural environment and resources, need to be developed in a way that ensures the well-being of their populations.
Due to the significant danger of the spreading of the bird flu in the Black Sea region, and realizing that effective fight against this pandemic threat is possible only on the basis of cooperation and coordination among the BSEC member states, the Assembly adopted the recommendation on the ‘Cooperation in combating the bird flu in the Black Sea region (rec. 90/2006), calling on the Parliaments and the Governments of the BSEC Member States to strengthen cooperation among them, as well as between the BSEC and the European Union, WHO, FAO, OIE and the World Bank aimed at establishing a common strategy on joint urgent measures against spreading of the bird flu.
- Food Security in the BSEC Member States (report, rec.114/2010)
- Perspectives of Development of Winegrowing and Winemaking Sectors in the BSEC Member States (report, rec. 126/2012)