Measuring Farmland Biodiversity

F. Herzog, P. Jeanneret, Y. Ammari, S. Angelova, M. Arndorfer, D. Bailey, K. Balazs, A. Báldi, R. G. H. Bunce, J.-P. Choisis, Peter Dennis, T. Dyman, S. Eiter, W. Fjellstad, Mariecia Dawn Fraser, T. Frank, J. K. Friedel, S. Garchi, I. Geijzendorffer, Tiziano GomieroG. Jerkovich , R. G. H. Jongman, M. Kainz, E. Kakudidi, E. Kelemen, R. Kolliker, N. Kwikiriza, A. Kovács-Hostyánszki, L. Last, G. Luscher, G. Moreno, C. Nkwiine, J. Opio, M.-L. Oschatz, M.G. Paoletti, P. Pointereau, J.-P. Sarthou , M. K. Schneider , N. Siebrecht, D. Sommaggio, S. Stoyanova, S. Targetti, D. Viaggi, Sebastian Wolfrum, S. Yashchenko

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- The diversity of life – genetic, species and habitat diversity – is a critical resource, which is under threat. In an agricultural context, the functions provided by biodiversity are particularly important (e.g. biomass production, pollination, predation as a natural means of pest control, decomposition, etc.). Yet, not much is known about farmland biodiversity and how it is sustained.
- We developed a toolbox consisting of 23 indicators addressing all components of farmland biodiversity as well as management practices. The indicators were tested in 15 case study regions in Europe and in Africa. -- We propose that 0.25 % of the budget for European agricultural subsidies is diverted to monitoring of continental farmland biodiversity and adaptation of the toolbox for application beyond Europe.
- Guidebooks to indicator measurement and interpretation, including an extended summary in twelve languages, are available at
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52 – 58
JournalSolutions Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


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