Indicators for Biodiversity in Organic and Low Input Farming Systems
Organic and low-input farming systems provide habitat for wildlife. Prominent examples include the Black Vulture in the Spanish Dehesas or orchids in extensively managed mountain grassland. These farming systems also make use of old breeds, such as Welsh Black Cattle. Thus, they contribute significantly to the maintenance of biodiversity in Europe. The objective of the research project BioBio (Biodiversity indicators for organic and low-input farming systems, EU FP7, KBBE-227161, 2009–2012) was to identify a set of biodiversity indicators which are (i) scientifically sound, (ii) generic at the European scale and (iii) relevant and useful for stakeholders.
The guidelines 'Biodiversity Indicators for European Farming Systems' constitute the main outcome of the BioBio project. They consist of: a) A printed brochure with background information on the indicators download; b) 23 factsheets on the individual indicators; c) An extended summary of 20 pages which is available in 12 languages.
The handbook 'Biodiversity in organic and low-input farming systems', which details the methods to be applied for indicator measurement download.
The presentations at the Final Conference in Engelberg, June 2012.