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The main objective of this project is to build the capacity of farmers and agricultural technicians (knowledge, practical tools and know-how) in the conservation of non-productive agricultural lands, in order to boost the implementation of the most direct and effective conservation actions.
Tangible results during the project (including all targets described, reached in person or online):
Farmland occupies vast areas of land in Europe (40% of total land area of the EU-28) and farming practices strongly influence biodiversity conservation, ecosystem service delivery, climate change mitigation, biogeochemical flows and the quality of soil, air and water.
Consequently, farming has a key function in reaching the EU 2020 biodiversity targets and other 2020 goals.
Great efforts have been put in optimizing the application of fertilizers and reducing the use of dangerous biocides, but the conservation of non-productive agricultural lands (NPAL) in agricultural estates, despite being included in CAP's greening as one of the new measures (Ecological Focus Areas, EFAs), continues to be avoided. In the application of these new measures, farmers and their assessors and trainers (agricultural technicians) all over the EU have clearly favored indirect, low-value conservation actions (96,5%), such as catch crops, nitrogen fixing crops and fallow lands over the most direct, high-value conservation actions (only 3,5%), such as conservation of field margins, forests or ponds, etc.
Recent reports suggest that one of the reasons why direct conservation measures are being avoided is a lack of understanding and/or know-how about: