Type: Chapter

The challenge of monitoring biodiversity in agricultural landscapes at the EU level


M. L. Paracchini

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

S. Condé

European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity – Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle

R. DAndrimont

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

B. Eiselt

European Commission, Eurostat

O. Fernandez Ugalde

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

E. Gervasini

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)


Publication date:

21 September 2020

ID: 9781786768421

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This chapter reviews current surveys of biodiversity in agricultural areas at the EU level. The chapter describes established surveys, ongoing pilots and plans for new surveys at the EU scale. The chapter assesses where we will stand in the short-medium term with our knowledge of agro-biodiversity in the EU, and which gaps still need to be filled to sufficiently describe biodiversity dynamics.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Farmland birds and butterflies
3 Grasslands
4 Pollinators
5 Soil biodiversity
6 Monitoring under the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC
7 European Monitoring of Biodiversity in Agricultural Landscapes (EMBAL)
8 Alien species
9 Other monitoring approaches
10 New approaches and technologies
11 Conclusions
12 Where to look for further information
13 References