The 18th International Conference "Life Sciences for Sustainable Development" was held on 26-28 September, 2019 at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine from Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Two members of the BIOGEA project team took part in the conference.
Dr. Simeon Lukanov took part in thematic session 1 "Agriculture" with poster presentation on topic "Breeding bird communities as an indicator for agricultural landscapes ecological quality in Bulgaria". He presented findings regarding bird species diversity and sensitivity to landscape composition at field and landscape level. In conclusion, some landscape elements in agricultural habitats are important predictors for biodiversity assessment. In order to minimize the loss of farmland bird diversity in the rural areas, a sustainable development should be reinforced by a proper implementation of policy measures at landscape level.
Maria Topchieva, PhD candidate and member of BIOGEA project team, made a presentation entitled "The role of policy incentives for optimization of the environmental and economic performance of cereal farms in South-Central Bulgaria” within thematic session 2 "Environmental protection". The presentation analysed the influence of the incentives of the Common Agricultural Policy for environmentally-friendly farming practices on the optimization of the farms' environmental and economic performance.