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Solidarity and action: ECVC stands with the farmers and people of Greece

12 September 2023

European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) expresses its solidarity and support with the peasant farmers and people in Greece, after the catastrophic flash floods from the arrival of Storm Daniel between 4 and 7 September 2023. We also stand with those affected in Bulgaria, Turkey and Libya and the people hit by the earthquake in Morocco.

After a spate of deadly summer wildfires, flash floods hit the Thessaly plain (which supports more than 25 per cent of Greece's agricultural production), killing people and animals and causing extensive damage to crops, farmland, and agricultural infrastructure. Action must be taken to support the recovery of farmers as demanded by the Greek central union (ΣΕΚ) , in the face of these dire conditions and ensure food security and economic stability in Greece. ECVC therefore demands the following action from the EU institutions and Greek authorities:

  • EU Solidarity Funds must be mobilised to support the recovery, and conditions must be put in place to ensure access to these funds for small-scale farmers and rural areas, which face unique challenges in disaster preparedness and response. As well as supporting rural communities in recovering from the current disaster, authorities must improve infrastructure, and put in place early warning systems and community-based disaster preparedness initiatives for the future. This is particularly important given the predicted increased frequency of extreme climate events in the region , and national governments must be held accountable to prepare for these realities.
  • National and EU authorities, communities, and organizations must take proactive steps to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change and address the broader issue of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change at its root. In order to achieve the Green Deal goals and especially those of the Farm to Fork Strategy, the EU institutions must adapt all their climate measures towards direct emissions reductions, including reductions in the industrialised agricultural sector. Approaches to flood risk control and land management must include improving infrastructure resilience, and implementing better land-use planning to reduce urbanisation in flood-prone areas. Due consideration must be given to geographical, hydrological, ecological, soil-related practices, water retention, and economic matters, and sufficient support must be given to transition to agroecology. Soil protection measures should be taken to prevent environmental, agricultural, and economic damages.

ECVC will provide support in any way possible to our Greek member organisation Agriculture Union of Kastoria Makednos in Greece. We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and devastation caused by the flood in the region. Our deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones, and our thoughts are with those who have lost their homes, lands, farms, crops, and animals.

Notes and contacts: If you wish to support or express solidarity with the farmers affected, you can write to Agriculture Union of Kastoria Makednos at wormdes@hotmail.com, with ECVC (info@eurovia.org) in copy.

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