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Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear SafetyUniversity State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth has awarded the project “Nature Conservation Management – From Farmers for Farmers” as a UN Decade Project.

Regional platforms for nature conservation management in agriculture recognized as a project of the UN Decade of Biological Diversity

Environment State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth today honored the project “Nature Conservation Management – From Farmers for Farmers” as a UN Decade Project. The umbrella project of the joint project “Living Agricultural Landscapes – Farmers Shaping Diversity!” Coordinated by the German Farmers’ Association (DBV) ends at the end of the year and was financed with around 480,000 euros from the federal biological diversity program. After six years of running, results and recommendations for ecological effectiveness, long-term implementation and stabilization of the measures will be presented and discussed today in a digital closing event from all five sub-projects. Environment Secretary Jochen Flasbarth: “An important lever to help agriculture protect biodiversity and the climate Bringing them together is on-site when nature conservation measures are integrated into the operations of the farms. This allows ecologically valuable items to be combined with agriculturally useful items. This is an important learning process that we have initiated with the already successfully tested measures from the joint project “Living Agricultural Landscapes” and we want to consolidate it. The cooperation between nature conservation and agriculture can succeed if the achievements of farmers, especially for the protection of biodiversity, are valued and rewarded accordingly. The forthcoming national implementation of the new EU agricultural policy offers many approaches that need to be used ” intensively used locations tested. The joint project was coordinated by the German Farmers’ Association (DBV). The projects were carried out together with farmers and vintners from the Rhenish Cultural Landscape Foundation, the Westphalian Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Rhineland-Nassau Farmers and Vintners Association. The Leibniz Center for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) e. V. provided scientific support for the project. In the sub-project “Nature Conservation Management – From Farmers for Farmers”, successful, tried and tested measures of the joint project were communicated nationwide at events or trade fairs and via regional platforms and transferred to other regions. Farmers act as ambassadors for production-integrated nature conservation. Three of them will be honored for their commitment by the Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Environment Ministry, Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, during the afternoon event. Schwarzelühr-Sutter will also take part in the digital panel discussion also planned for the afternoon.

Dialogue-Environment-Agriculture Let the future grow together

05/11/2020 | Press release No. 197/20 | Nature conservation / biological diversity

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