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Agriculture and biodiversity

Modern intensive farming practices pose one of the strongest threats to the conservation of biodiversity, through conversion of (semi) natural habitats to cropped farmland, drainage and the application of fertilisers and pesticides. Yet, agriculture has to provide for ever increasing demands for food products. In addition agriculture is starting to play a role on the energy market.

The European Learning Network of Functional Agrobiodiversity (ELN FAB) was founded to exchange knowledge and practical experience across country and language borders, between farmers and policymakers, scientists, businesses and NGOs, to enable fast and effective implementation of best practices. This will help to optimize agrobiodiversity benefits, promote sustainable agriculture and will encourage widespread uptake of biodiversity concepts, thereby also enhancing non-agronomic ecosystem services.

REVERSE consists of an exchange of experiences between the 14 European Partners of the project who are involved in the protection of biodiversity. Its aim is to promote biodiversity on a European scale, by favouring positive action in territories. The project focuses on three key topics: 

  • Agriculture, food production and biodiversity; 
  • Tourism and biodiversity; and 
  • Land development and biodiversity.

The aim is to identify actions, which may be easily transposed to other European regions:


European Learning Network for Regions and Biodiversity
PO Box 90154 
5000 LG Tilburg
the Netherlands
T +31 (0)13 5944 944
F +31 (0)13 5944 945


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