What’s the Status of Biodiversity in the Agricultural Landscape?


The Swiss federal government currently spends almost CHF 400 million a year to slow down the decline in biodiversity in the agricultural landscape. Nevertheless, it is often claimed that these measures are not beneficial enough. Launched in 2015, the ALL-EMA programme systematically records agricultural habitats and species, and calculates indicators for present-day diversity (for habitats and plant species, and also – thanks to the synergy with Biodiversity Monitoring Switzerland –  for butterflies and nesting bird species).

With this data, the contribution of the government-subsidised Ecological Focus Areas can be assessed. The change in diversity will be measured through a repetition of the surveys five years later. Together with findings from other projects on genetic diversity, alternative plant-protection measures and pollination, this will allow regular reconsideration of the concept for biodiversity payments.

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In order to produce sustainably, agriculture is dependent upon an intact environment. Bees pollinate crops, and other beneficial insects control pests. Conversely, countless wild species are dependent upon habitats in the agricultural landscape. Agriculture has recognised these connections and taken measures to preserve and promote agricultural biodiversity.

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The Monitoring of Biodiversity in the Agricultural Landscape

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