Does agriculture preserve and promote biodiversity on farmland? What are the impacts of various forms of agricultural use?

Indicators for species diversity illustrate the impacts of forms of agricultural use on various aspects of species diversity. Effects on species frequently occur indirectly via changes in their habitats, often causing the measurable changes in species to undergo a time lag vis-à-vis the measurable changes in habitats and structures.

ALL-EMA relies on biodiversity-monitoring data for the calculation of indicators for breeding birds and butterflies. 

The indicators are: 

  • Number of plant species
  • Average number of plant species
  • Similarity of plant communities
  • Number of breeding bird species
  • Number of butterfly species