The notion that agriculture has to become more sustainable is incorporated in local, regional, national, European and global policies and instruments. Knowledge is being increasingly accumulated on how biodiversity can be mobilized to make agriculture sustainable, both in ecological and economic terms. Functional agrobiodiversity is a concept that is gaining more and more ground. Learn more about the related policies and incentives under the Policies link.

Improved capacity and skills for land managers to integrate functional agrobiodiversity into their management practices.

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Greater impact on agricultural policies at national and European levels to promote the integration of functional agrobiodiversity into policies.

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Improved scientific understanding of the contribution of functional agrobiodiversity to ecosystem services.

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Project Examples
Agroecology in olives

Olive fruit fly remains the most damaging pest, with significant yearly damages on fruits and olive oil quality. Although several parasitoids are known, biocontrol... more


The REVERSE project is focusing on regional exchanges and policy making for protecting and valorising biodiversity in Europe. The project consists of... more

Soil and surface water protection using conservation tillage in Northern and Central Europe (SWOP)

Soil erosion has been identified as a major threat to European soil resources and their ability to provide ecosystem goods and services such as clean water and biodiversity.... more


Ecostac - optimising ECOsystem Services in Terms of Agronomy and Conservation. The project aims at developing species compositions for perennial field margins... more