Unsustainable agricultural practices are major drivers affecting habitat and species diversity in agricultural landscapes of the EU. However, peatland, grassland, and species associated with agriculture are of most concern. The ongoing negative impacts of unsustainable agricultural practices emphasize the need for a fully integrated approach between the EU 2030 Biodiversity and Farm to Fork Strategies.
Efficient and representative strategies are needed to monitor and visualize biodiversity loss or recovery over time as currently no such results-based monitoring of change exists.
The BioMonitor4CAP project will develop, evaluate and test affordable and reliable systems for monitoring biodiversity that can successfully be applied on agricultural land as well as on E.U.’s designated sites “Natura 2000". It will combine classical biodiversity indicator systems with new technological approaches, including acoustic, optical and molecular systems.
The aim of the project is to provide recommendations for adapted management practices and thus to strengthen biodiversity on farms internationally as well as to support the development of the EU biodiversity policies.
WP 1 will focus on analyzing the current state of the art in existing biodiversity indicators, monitoring systems, related measures and their likely policy adaptations, as well as establishing procedures and standards for data collection and management.
WP2 will design and develop methods, indicators, and metrics for effective in-situ biodiversity monitoring at farm scale. It will also develop predictive models to assess communities, their structure and conservation status.
WP 3 is in charge for the detailed conceptualisation and implementation of experimental and demonstration trials based on specific agronomic and nature conservation-related contexts. Proposed methods and tools will be tested and demonstrated.
Based on the data and measures of WP2 and WP3 it’s goal is to create a framework for agrobiodiversity enhancing measures with the rural stakeholders and to assess regional socio-economic impacts and potential tradeoffs of implementation regarding developed agrobiodiversity measures from the rural stakeholders’ perspective.
WP5 will ensure that BioMonitor4CAP results are implemented through international, European and national networks and are replicable in terms of methods, technologies and solutions.
WP6 will ensure the knowledge transfer and share research and development outputs to all involved stakeholder groups and a wider audience.
WP7 will maintain a professional and efficient coordination of legal, ethical, financial, and administrative management of the BioMonitor4CAP project.