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Indicators for biodiversity in organic and low-input farming systems

Objective

Organic and low-input farming systems have been shown to benefit farmland biodiversity although a generic indicator system to assess these benefits at the European level is lacking. The BIOBIO project will therefore pursue the following objectives: 1. Conceptualization of criteria for a scientifically-based selection of biodiversity indicators for organic/low-input farming systems; 2. Assessment and validation of a set of candidate biodiversity indicators in representative case studies across Europe (and in ICPC countries); 3. Preparation of guidelines for the implementation of biodiversity indicators for organic/low-input farming systems for Europe and beyond. Existing indirect farm management indicators as well as direct indicators for genetic, species and habitat diversity will be assessed for their scientific soundness, practicality, geographic scope and usefulness for stakeholders. Candidate indicators will be tested in a standardised design in twelve case studies across Europe and later in three ICPC countries. Case study regions will include pannonian, alpine, boreal, Atlantic and Mediterranean grassland systems (both organic and/or low-input), rain fed organic farms under temperate and Mediterranean conditions, mixed organic farming, organic special crops and low-input tree/agroforestry systems. Plot, farm and regional scales (where applicable) will be addressed. The investigation will include new agricultural practices, e.g. soil conservation, crop rotation management, seed and crop mixtures and economic issues relating to the costs of indicator measurement and to benefits of biodiversity as perceived by different groups of the population. Stakeholders (farming communities, conservation NGOs, administrators) will be integrated at critical stages of the indicator selection process. A handbook with factsheets will be produced for validated indicators and a sampling design for biodiversity monitoring in organic and low-input farming systems across Europe.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/nongovernmental organization
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2008-2B
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG
Address
Bundeshaus Ost
3003 Bern
Switzerland
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 817 695
Administrative Contact
Felix Herzog (Dr.)

Participants (15)

SZENT ISTVAN UNIVERSITY
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 125 280
Address
Pater Karoly Utca 1
2100 Godollo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Laszlo Podmaniczky (Dr.)
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 226 347
Address
Visualisation Centre Penglais
SY23 3BF Aberystwyth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Emyr Reynolds (Mr.)
NORSK INSTITUTT FOR SKOG OG LANDSKAP
Norway
EU contribution
€ 240 880
Address
Raveien 9
1431 Ås
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Geir-Harald Strand (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 134 480
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jürgen Kurt Friedel (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 191 400
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Ronchetti
UNIVERSIDAD DE EXTREMADURA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 147 011
Address
Avenida De Elvas Sn
06006 Badajoz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luciano Cordero (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 130 680
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniela Pacchini (Dr.)
SOLAGRO ASSOCIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 144 480
Address
Voie Du Toec 75
31076 Toulouse
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Madeleine Charru (Ms.)
INSTITUTE OF PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 44 480
Address
Druzhba Street 2
4122 Sadovo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Siyka Stoyanova (Prof.)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 86 148
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Diego Torresan (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 117 920
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Valérie Calvo (Ms.)
Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 58 467
Address
Pl. Soborna 8/1
09117 Bila Tserkva Kievska Oblast
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Oleksandr Bonkovski (Mr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHES EN GENIE RURAL, EAUX ET FORETS
Tunisia
EU contribution
€ 63 467
Address
Rue Hédi El Karray
2080 Ariana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Salah Garchi (Mr.)
MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
Uganda
EU contribution
€ 54 932
Address
Main Campus
256 Kampala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Charles Nkwiine (Mr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 415 947
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Chris Nab (Mr.)