Policy outputs

Marsden, K., Piskol, K., Hölzl, S., Brandt, K., Peneva, M., Kazakova, Y.

This briefing examines how farmers have received environmental advice on how to implement CAP Greening measures and the potential impacts on GBI in the agricultural landscape.


Marsden, K., M. Jay

The European Commission’s proposals for the CAP 2021 were published on 1 June 2018. The two main novelties in the proposals addressed by the briefing are the replacement of “greening” with “eco-schemes” and an “advanced environmental conditionality” and the increased flexibility given to member states in implementing the CAP. The BIOGEA briefing on the topic describes how these changes may affect the presence and condition of Green and Blue Infrastructures (GBI) in agricultural landscapes.

Marsden, K., M. Jay, Kazakova-Mateva, Y., Stefanova, V.

In this issue of the briefing:

  • the CAP Greening and Environmental Focus Areas (EFAs) relation to GBI 
  • reasons for consideration of changes to CAP Greening
  • what changes were made and how
  • likely impacts on GBI 
  • topics of further exploration 

Marsden, K., M. Jay & Y. Kazakova

This briefing describes what Green and Blue Infrastructures (GBI) is and its importance for reaching EU environmental policy goals. It gives a brief overview of the GBI features which exist in the agricultural landscape and of current knowledge on the impact of the CAP “greening” on GBI.


Scientific publications

Aneva, I., Zhelev, P., Lukanov, S., Peneva, M. (2019)

This poster, presented at the X International Agriculture Symposium "AGROSYM 2019", summarizes the results of a two-year assessment of plant diversity in different types of agricultural and forestry territories.

Concepción, E.D. & Díaz, M. (2019) (preprint attached)

Science of the Total Environment 694: 133618.

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K. Marsden and M. Jay (2018)

This paper, presented at the Agricultural and Food Policy: Trajectories and Reforms Conference, summarises some of the results of WP 2 of the BIOGEA project, examining the impacts of the CAP on agricultural policy.


Dyulgerova, S.,, Aneva, I., Lukanov, S. (2019)

This poster, presented at the 18th International Conference "Life Sciences for Sustainable Development", studies the relationship between bird communities and landscape composition in areas along agricultural intensification gradient in Bulgaria, and uses it as an indicator of the state and quality of local agro ecosystems.

Popgeorgiev, G., Lukanov, S., Slavchev, M., Kornilev, Y., Andonov, K., Natchev, N. (2019)

This poster, presented at the Joint ESENIAS and DIAS Scientific Conference, examines the distribution and breeding of the invasive Pond Slider (Trachemys scripta) in Bulgaria and the influence of agricultural infrastructure on its distribution and breeding in the wild. 

Aneva, I., Zhelev, P., Topchieva, M. (2018)

The paper presents results of a comparative study on the habitat diversity and its relationships with agriculture in two regions of Bulgaria – Western Balkan range and the Pazardzhik-Plovdiv region.

Aneva, I., Kozuharova, E., Zhelev, P., Lukanov, S., Peneva, M. (2019)

The study assesses the diversity of medicinal plants in the agricultural fields and their peripheral parts in the region of Pazardzhik-Plovdiv in Bulgaria. Different types of land-use were included in the study ranging from cereal crops (the predominant type) through horticultural fields to dirt roads.

Kazakova-Mateva, Y. (2017)

The paper assesses the effects of the support provided to areas with natural constraints in the framework of the measure under the Rural Development Programmes in Bulgaria since 2007.


Peneva, M. (2017)

The paper presents and assesses the causal connections between ecosystem services provided by agricultural production and their contribution to the territorial competitiveness.


M. Díaz, M. & E. Concepción

This paper proposes a framework for the evaluation and design of policy tools for a more effective conservation of farmland biodiversity. The paper, considered a contribution to BIOGEA was based on the findings of research relevant to WP 2 and 4 of the BIOGEA project.

Communication materials



The project description is part of the presentation of the 2015-16 COFUND call for BiodivERsA. Read more at:


BIOGEA – Testing BIOdiversity Gain of European Agricutlure with CAP Greening


Deliverable D2b presents:

  • EU policy overview - identifying the GBI aims
  • Identifying the GBI features included in policy
  • Refining the findings to identify critical aspects for the different governance levels
  • Conclusions and next steps

The Data Management Plan (DMP) of BIOGEA project describes how data is handled. There are various data types in the project and the BIOGEA DMP includes description of the data to be collected/created; methodologies for data collection and management; plans for data sharing and access; strategy for long-term data management; ethics and other considerations. 


The communication, dissemination and exploitation (outreach) plan describes the process of engaging with stakeholders throughout the project and disseminating the project results to the identified end users directly and by means of identified multipliers (such as specialised press and websites). It contains detailed information about the management, goals and objectives, selection of audience with the appropriate message and medium. It will be updated on a regular basis throughout the project.

This document presents a common framework for BIOGEA, to assess and evaluate the impacts of changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on Green and Blue Infrastructure (GBI) in the agricultural landscape and how the presence, quality and management of GBI influences biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services (ES). The BIOGEA Assessment Framework can be regarded as a living document which will be refined and developed as the project ideas are tested through the case studies and following feedback from PRDN.