Delivering biodiversity objectives through agri-environment meas-ures of the CAP: evidence of success and scale of future needs

The European Network of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) would like to contribute this statement of evidence to inform the decision making process on the future of the CAP. This statement highlights the successes of agri-environment in delivering biodiversity objectives and provides estimates of the scale of agri-environmental management needed to meet future biodi-versity needs. We hope that this evidence will prove useful in the preparation of the Commis-sion’s Communication on the CAP.

The ENCA Interest Group on Sustainable Land Use and Agriculture has been following the de-bate on the future of the CAP post 2013 with great interest. Listening to this debate, we con-cluded that, whilst it seems that there is a broad consensus supporting the continuation of a strong common agri-environment policy and agreement on the need to support farmers who provide recognised public goods such as landscape and biodiversity, there are questions around how effective the CAP is for maintaining biodiversity and what the CAP could deliver as a contribution to the achievement of European biodiversity objectives. ENCA wishes to help resolve these questions.

Our statement draws on evidence from four countries - Austria, Estonia, Germany, and United Kingdom. The evidence from each of these countries supports the case that agri-environment has been successful in delivering biodiversity targets and that it is an effective means of inte-grating biodiversity into the Common Agricultural Policy.

Our statement also draws on recent research undertaken in three countries – Germany, Nether-lands and United Kingdom – on the scale of need for meeting society’s current demands for biodiversity and from a seminar we held in Brussels in April, attended by 10 European coun-tries. This evidence illustrates the scale of the task that we face across Europe if the EU biodi-versity target for 2020 is to be met.

This evidence has enabled us to draw a number of important conclusions, relevant to a future CAP and the delivery of the EU’s biodiversity objectives. Foremost amongst our conclusions is that agri-environment schemes have achieved much in terms of contributing to EU biodiversity objectives.

The full statement can be downloaded here.

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17 Sep 2010




ENCA is an informal network which fosters exchange of information and collaboration amongst its partners, identifies future challenges and offers information and advice to decision-makers in the field of nature conservation and landscape protection.