German farmland biodiversity monitoring

Project

 (c) Thünen-Institut/BD

German farmland biodiversity monitoring

Far reaching changes in production systems and in farm management have led to a decline in farmland biodiversity. To counteract this decline, a national database is needed that allows conclusions to be drawn about cause-effect relationships.

Background and Objective

In Germany, around 50 percent of the land is used for agricultural purposes. Therefore, agriculture plays an important role in the conservation and promotion of farmland biodiversity. In particular, land-use and farm management, and closely linked to this, the configuration of agricultural landscapes, are mainly responsible for the decline in farmland biodiversity. Since existing monitoring programmes only allow to a limited extent scientifically reliable conclusions on underlying cause-effect relationships and on evaluations of the effectiveness of agri-environmental policy measures to promote farmland biodiversity, a representative nationwide data basis is required.

In the joint project MonViA, scientists want to provide well-founded answers to the following questions:

  • How does agricultural production, changes in land- use and agricultural structure influence farmland biodiversity?
  • How do changes in farmland biodiversity affect the performance and stability of agricultural production systems?
  • How do agri-environmental policy instruments affect farmland biodiversity?

 

Blooming agricultural landscape
Blooming agricultural landscape (© Thünen-Institut/Lara Lindermann)

Target Group

Agriculture, science, politics

Approach

MonViA is designed to complement existing nature conservation monitoring schemes and starts with a 5-year pilot phase in which standardised sampling methods are developed and feasibility studies for the development of innovative indicator systems are carried out. MonViA consists of three monitoring sections: a nationwide general trend monitoring, a question-based monitoring on specific agricultural issues and a Citizen Science-based monitoring. In the latter case, farmers in particular are to be involved in monitoring activities.
MonViA deals, in addition to the diversity and quality of habitats, with different groups of organisms. The focus is on functional groups (pollinators, pests, beneficial organisms, soil fauna) that are of particular importance for the performance of agricultural production systems.

The scientific conception and development of MonViA is carried out by a total of 12 specialist institutes of the Thünen Institute and the Julius Kühn Institute. The Information and Coordination Centre of Biological Diversity of the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food is responsible for the presentation of results for politicians and the public. The overall coordination of the joint project is carried out by the Thünen Institute of Biodiversity.

Links and Downloads

More information on MoViA and all projects are available on the website of the joint-project:
www.agrarmonitoring-monvia.de

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Involved Thünen-Partners


Involved external Thünen-Partners


Funding Body

  • Federal Ministry of Food und Agriculture (BMEL)
    (national, öffentlich)

Duration

1.2019 - 12.2023

More Information

Projekt type:
Project status: ongoing

Publications

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  1. Yang J, Wang H, Samad MS, Tebbe C (2021) Fine-scale temporal monitoring of soil microbial communities at an agricultural field site. Verhandl Gesellsch Ökol 50: 133
  2. Hertzog LR, Frank C, Klimek S, Röder N, Böhner HGS, Kamp J (2021) Model-based integration of citizen science data from disparate sources increases the precision of bird population trends. Diversity Distrib 27(6):1106-1119, DOI:10.1111/ddi.13259
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 1237 kb
  3. Potts SG, Dauber J, Hochkirch A, Oteman B, Roy DB, Ahrné K, Biesmeijer K, Breeze TD, Carvell C, Ferreira C, Fitzpatrick U, Isaac NJB, Kuussaari M, Ljubomirov T, Maes J, Ngo H, Pardo A, Polce C, Quaranta M, Settele J, et al (2021) Proposal for an EU pollinator monitoring scheme. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 310 p, JRC Techn Rep, DOI:10.2760/881843
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 69159 kb
  4. Pe'er G, Bonn A, Bruelheide H, Dieker P, Eisenhauer N, Feindt PH, Hagedorn G, Hansjürgens B, Herzon I, Lomba A, Marquard E, Moreira F, Nitsch H, Oppermann R, Perino A, Röder N, Schleyer C, Schindler S, Wolf C, Zinngrebe Y, Lakner S (2020) Action needed for the EU Common Agricultural Policy to address sustainability challenges. People Nature 2(2):305-316, DOI:10.1002/pan3.10080
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 316 kb
  5. Lindermann L, Dieker P (2020) Hohlräume für die wilden Bestäuber. Bauernzeitg 61(30):24-25
  6. Sickel W, Dieker P (2020) Neues Werkzeug: Umwelt-DNA. Bauernzeitg 61(46):22-23
  7. Sommerlandt F, Dieker P (2020) Wirksam für die Bienen? Bauernzeitg 61(29):26-27
  8. Dauber J, Dieker P, Beer H, Schröder S (2019) Auf der Suche nach wissenschaftlich belastbaren Antworten : Monitoring der biologischen Vielfalt in Agrarlandschaften. Dt Bauern Korrespondenz(6):14-15
  9. Geschke J, Vohland K, Bonn A, Dauber J, Gessner MO, Henle K, Nieschulze J, Schmeller D, Settele J, Sommerwerk N, Wetzel F (2019) Biodiversitätsmonitoring in Deutschland : Wie Wissenschaft, Politik und Zivilgesellschaft ein nationales Monitoring unterstützen können. GAIA 28(3):265-270, DOI:10.14512/gaia.28.3.6
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 280 kb
  10. Dieker P, Dauber J (2019) Biodiversity monitoring schemes and indicators - challenges and feasibilities. In: GfÖ 2019 : Science meets practice ; 49th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland ; University of Münster, 9 - 13 September 2019 ; book of abstracts. Berlin: Gesellschaft für Ökologie, p 550
  11. Dieker P, Beer H, Schröder S, Dauber J (2019) MonViA - a long term farmland biodiversity monitoring for Germany. In: GfÖ 2019 : Science meets practice ; 49th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland ; University of Münster, 9 - 13 September 2019 ; book of abstracts. Berlin: Gesellschaft für Ökologie, p 553
  12. Dieker P, Kappes H, Klimek S, Dauber J (2019) Progress in farmland biodiversity monitoring in Germany. In: IALE World Congress 2019 - Nature and society facing the Anthropocene: challenges and perspectives for landscape ecology; 10th World Congress of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE); Milan, 1-5 July 2019; book of abstracts. p 18
  13. Dauber J (2018) Progress towards a national farmland biodiversity monitoring in Germany. Verhandl Gesellsch Ökol 47/48: 402
  14. Ronnenberg K, Dauber J, Mitschke A, Ludwig J, Klimek S (2018) Regionally differentiated responses of farmland birds to levels of agricultural intensity. Verhandl Gesellsch Ökol 47/48: 403