CAP reform: scientists call for the diversification of agricultural landscapes

A new BiodivERsA policy has been published on “The Common Agricultural Policy can strengthen biodiversity and ecosystem services by diversifying agricultural landscapes”. This brief considers how the results of four BiodivERsA- and one BiodivERsA/FACCE JPI- funded project(s) can inform the debates on the future orientation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2020 so that it can restore and conserve biodiversity more effectively and deliver required ecosystem services, through better management of landscapes, as well as making ecosystem services and biodiversity more resilient.

The policy brief presents key recommendations on how the CAP can significantly contribute to diversifying agricultural landscapes in support of nature and people, for a more sustainable agriculture. The above-mentioned projects have demonstrated how heterogeneous landscapes, character­ised by a significant proportion of semi-natural habitats, enhance and stabilise pest control and pollination, decrease sensitivity to climate change and can improve yields.

The policy brief was commissioned and supervised by BiodivERsA, and produced by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), in collaboration with BiodivERsA partners and project scientists.

The policy brief can be downloaded from the BiodivERsA website

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