Natura 2000 species diversity

Projekt abgeschlossen

The project aims at an increased protection of biodiversity on agricultural lands, particularly on Natura 2000 areas, through enhanced knowledge of the effects of agri-environmental schemes. The project sets the basis for a regional monitoring system. In addition, the awareness of relevant target groups (farmers, public authorities, NGOs) will be increased by information and training measures.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Umwelt schützen
01.05.2011 - 13.06.2017
CHF 2'424'874

The Lubelskie Voivodeship and its neighbouring Voivodeships Swietokrzyskie, Malopolskie and Podkarpackie in south-east Poland are rich in natural resources and landscapes. The agricultural
sector still accounts for a major part of the local economic activities. Since 1992, the European Union declared the so-called “agri-environmental schemes”, which financially encourage farmers
to carry out environmentally beneficial activities on their land, to be compulsory for all member states. The implementation, monitoring and evaluation of these schemes lie in the responsibility of the member states. Agri-env. schemes are considered to be an important tool that allows combining economic activity with the protection of natural resources. However, their
actual effects are only little known in Poland, due to the lack of reliable evaluations and a comprehensive monitoring system.


The long term objective of the project is to protect and enhance the biodiversity of valuable natural habitats located on agricultural lands, particularly on NATURA 2000 areas, by the establishment of a national monitoring system. Specific objectives are: 1) Recommendation of best practices based on the
evaluation of the effects of different agricultural practices on biodiversity; 2) Recommendation of necessary changes in the management of agri-env. schemes; 3) development of the basis for a comprehensive monitoring system of the effects of agri-env. schemes; 4) transfer of relevant knowledge to concerned target groups


The project will finance: (i): Field inventory on selected surfaces and species, (ii): Four-year monitoring of selected species, (iii): Data collection on different agricultural practices, (iv): Elaboration of diverse information and education materials, and (v): Organisation of 40 trainings, 40 workshops and two conferences aimed at specific target groups (trainings and workshops implemented by established training providers)


Erreichte Resultate:  

  • Data base management: 42 plants rare and protected species, 48 spiders and 15 birds identified and 38 habitats marked
  • Free-access social web geopartal “AgroProNatura” for 4816 active users (via Facebook platform) created
  • 1160 information leaflets distrubted mostly to farmers
  • 5 articles on the topic published (3 by OTOP, 1 by IUNG and 1 by IUNG and UPH)
  • 1 study visit to Switzerland organized in October 2011 at the University of Berne, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Hintermann & Weber AG, Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon ART and the Swiss Ornithological Institute
  • 1 international conference with 100 participants organized in April 2012 and 1 cooperation with University of Berne, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, established

Erwartete Resultate:  

  • Reliable data on biodiversity on agricultural lands in the Lubelskie Voivodeship obtained
  • Analysis of the effects of different agricultural practices and agri-env. schemes on biodiversity
  • 800 farmers,1000 representatives of local authorities and NGOs trained and 200 participants at conferences


Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Schweizer Beitrag an die erweiterte EU
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Ausländische staatliche Institution
  • National State Institute North

Staatsbehörde auf regionaler Ebene

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   2'424'874 Aktuell bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF   2'290'311

Phase 1 01.05.2011 - 13.06.2017   (Completed)