- Monitoring of species and habitats
To determine the state of and changes in species and habitats of the Agricultural Environmental Targets in Switzerland’s open agricultural landscape.
- Evaluation of areas reserved for promoting biodiversity
To evaluate the state of and changes in species and habitats in areas reserved for promoting biodiversity that are eligible for subsidies.
- Answering practice-oriented research question
To make data available at national level for the study of correlations and to answer current and future questions.
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.
- How do biodiversity and habitats develop in the Swiss agricultural landscape?
- How effective are areas reserved for promoting biodiversity?
- Answers to questions such as these are provided by ALL-EMA, the ‘Agricultural Species and Habitats’ monitoring programme.
2015 to 2019: First Survey Cycle
Mapping is conducted between April and August. Every year, one-fifth of the 170 sampling areas spread across Switzerland are mapped.
2020: Comprehensive Analyses on the State of Biodiversity
The results are to be published.
2020 to 2024: Second Survey Cycle
Statements on change will be possible after completion of the Second Survey Cycle in 2025.
Agroscope, the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest Snow and Landscape Research WSL and the Swiss Biodiversity Monitoring Programme as well as numerous other experts are partners in development and implementation.