Understanding farmer uptake of measures that support biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

Calum Brown, Eszter Kovacs, Yves Zinngrebe, Amaia Albizua, Antonia Galanaki, Ioanna Grammatikopoulou, Iryna Herzon, Doris Marquardt, DI McCracken, Johanna Olsson, Sergio Villamayor-Tomas

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Abstract

Recent scientific research highlights the urgent need to protect Europe’s remaining – and rapidly declining – biological diversity. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is one of the major tools with which policymakers in the European Union (EU) can achieve this aim. However, so far, the CAP has proved largely ineffective – or even detrimental – to this goal. With relatively localised exceptions, the Policy’s notable success in ensuring supplies of food and fiber by supporting Europe’s farmers has been at the expense of environmental objectives. This report presents the findings of an Expert Working Group (EWG) convened to explore the ways in which the Common Agricultural Policy could be made more effective in protecting biodiversity and delivering associated ecosystem services, particularly through the implementation of effective biodiversity measures by Europe’s farmers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWallingford, UK
PublisherEKLIPSE Expert Working Group. Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Number of pages60
ISBN (Print)978-906698-65-2
Publication statusFirst published - 3 Jul 2019

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Brown, C., Kovacs, E., Zinngrebe, Y., Albizua, A., Galanaki, A., Grammatikopoulou, I., Herzon, I., Marquardt, D., McCracken, DI., Olsson, J., & Villamayor-Tomas, S. (2019). Understanding farmer uptake of measures that support biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). EKLIPSE Expert Working Group. Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.