Projekt: Indicators for biodiversity in organic and low-input farming systems (BioBio)

Projectpartners: Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station, Zürich, Switzerland and 14 others

Head: Dr. Felix Herzog

Scientists in charge:
TU München: Dipl. Ing. Max Kainz, Dipl. Ing. Norman Siebrecht, Dr. Harald Albrecht, Prof. Dr. Kurt-Jürgen Hülsbergen

Term: 3/2009 – 2/2013

Support: EU FP7 KBBE-2008-2B

Background and aims of the project
The EU calls for a Small collaborative Project to develop and test a set of biodiversity indicators for organic and low-input farming. The indicators should comprise the genetic diversity, the species diversity of farmland wildlife and the diversity of habitats. Nature conservation issues will be addressed. The focus is on organic/low input farming, including also new agricultural practices. The scale will be the farm and its immediate vicinity. The research will be based on a strong conceptual part where criteria and guidelines for indicator selection are defined. Indicators will be tested in case studies covering representative agro-ecological zones of Europe, one situated in the Tertiärhügelland in Bavaria. They will also be tested in 3 developing ICPC countries. This research part will be co-ordinated by TUM. The indicators will be practical and address the requirements of stakeholders from farming and nature conservation.

The project will be run by a consortium with 15 participants of 14 countries, divided into 7 work packages. WP 1: coordination, WP 2: Conceptual foundation, indicator selection, sampling protocols and evaluation, WP 3: Case studies, assessment of candidate biodiversity indicators, WP 4: data analysis and up scaling, WP 5: exploratory ICPC case studies, WP 6: implementation, indicator fact sheets and dissemination, WP 7: stakeholder advisory board.

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