Developing a sound basis for a national monitoring of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes

Project

Grain-dominated agricultural landscape (c) Thünen-Institut/Jens Dauber
Grain-dominated agricultural landscape (© Thünen-Institut/Jens Dauber)

Providing a sound basis for the implementation of a national monitoring of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes

Current national monitoring schemes provide only limited information on the state and development of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. The project aims at providing a sound reference for the design and implementation of a national monitoring of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes.

Background and Objective

Due to the lack of appropriate data, robust and scientifically sound assessment of the status, trends and drivers of biodiversity change in agricultural landscapes is only possible to a limited extent. Accordingly, evidence‐informed policy‐making with respect to farmland biodiversity conservation within the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post-2020 is hampered. To provide a sound basis for the design and implementation of a national monitoring of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes, this joint project has the following main objectives:

  1. Discrimination and characterization of various types of agricultural landscapes at the national scale (so-called “agricultural landscape units”)
  2. Definition and agreement about guiding principles and goals to promoting and conserving biodiversity within specific “agricultural landscape units”
  3. Testing the suitability of existing biodiversity indicators and agreeing on a set of additional indicators for each “agricultural landscape unit”

The joint project will carry out all the preparatory activities necessary to ensure the implementation of a national monitoring of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes (see MonViA: www.agrarmonitoring-monvia.de).

Target Group

Agriculture, science, politics

Approach

In order to reach the main objectives of the joint project, the project team develops draft concepts. These concepts will be discussed and consolidated during a series of workshops together with experts from science, policy and administration. By involving experts with different professional background we aim at integrating different views on the overreaching research theme “biodiversity in agricultural landscapes”. This stakeholder involvement and engagement within the project is key to achieving concepts and products that are accepted. Moreover, the project is conducted in close collaboration with the joint project MonViA (see: www.agrarmonitoring-monvia.de).

Based on the findings of the project team and the workshops, four products will be developed:

  • Output 1: Handbook on “agricultural landscape units” within Germany
  • Output 2: Handbook on guiding principles and goals to promoting and conserving biodiversity in “agricultural landscape units”
  • Output 3: Handbook on biodiversity indicators for “agricultural landscape units”
  • Output 4: Web-based GIS application as a central tool for communication and knowledge transfer into farming practice

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Funding Body

  • Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank
    (national, privat)

Duration

5.2019 - 5.2022

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Projekt type:
Project status: ongoing