28 January 2020 - European Parliament, Brussels
Despite some successes integrating biodiversity measures into the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), it is clear that species and habitats dependent on agricultural management, continue to decline at an alarming rate.
Loss of "green and blue infrastructures" i.e. semi-natural habitats within the farmed landscape, are a major challenge for reaching biodiversity targets.
With the new European Commission now in place, the Green Deal launched, and the Biodiversity Strategy on the way, there will be increasing pressure and interest from civil society to examine the level of environmental ambition for the new CAP.
This event, hosted by MEP Clara Aguilera and MEP Michal Wiezik, presented the findings of the BIOGEA project on the importance of green infrastructure for agricultural biodiversity and the engagement of farmers in managing green infrastructure.
The BIOGEA project was presented by:
- Katrina Marsden, from Adelphi research, Berlin and BIOGEA co-ordinator
- Dr Mario Díaz, from the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Madrid [presentation]
- Dr Yanka Kazakova, from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia [presentation]
The panel, moderated by Alberto Arroyo Schnell from IUCN, also included:
- Martin de Cock de Rameyen, from Agriland SA agriculture and advice company, Wavre, Belgium
- Harriet Bradley, Agriculture and Rural Development Policy Officer, BirdLife Europe
- Dr Guy Pe’er, from the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
Presentations and discussion
Full wrap up of the presentations and discussions is available here.
The event was attended by 47 participants from the European Parliament, NGOs, farming representation, scientists, European Institutions, project funders and journalists.
The project policy recommendations as discussed at the event can be found here.
Further relevant publications discussed include: