The way we manage our land has an impact on biodiversity. If we get it wrong biodiversity is driven into decline, but if we get it right we reverse the trends. Because of incorrect land management practices farmland birds have declined by 50% in Europe since the 1980s. On top of that the European Union has been subsidising its agriculture sector heavily for over half a century through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and a large part of those subsidies are not even tied to effective and sustainable land management practices. We work with our national Partners to reform the wider agricultural system in Europe. We do this through engagement with farmers and decision makers, but also through continuous evaluation of both biodiversity and the policies that affect it.
Rural Development Programmes in Action post 2014: How can they work towards a healthier environment?
Conference organised by ADEPT Fundatia, BirdLife Europe, CEEweb and the EEB
Brussels, September 15
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