Impacts of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and People
iCAP-BES is a Strategic Project of iDiv
Phone: +49 341 9733182
iDiv / UFZ
Agriculture and Ecosystem Services "hub" (Group leader)
Events, news and products
9.2.2022: Verbesserung der Lebensraummöglichkeiten für Kiebitz und Rebhuhn in Ackerland und Grünland in Deutschland.
The conservation schemes and the online event (9.2.2023) are now available here.
Recommendations from >300 scientists to improve CAP's performance for biodiversity:
6.2022: Paper published in Conservation Letters (open access)
5.2021: Public event and report:
CAP post-2020: Recommendations from >300 scientists to improve performance for biodiversity
2021: GrazeLIFE Project Report: How can the CAP and other policies support extensive grazing (Link)
2020: >3600 Scientists call for action to improve the CAP for people and nature
The aim of iCAP-BES is to facilitate a shift from identifying problems to designing and promoting solutions for improving farmland biodiversity, ecosystem services, and rural societies in Europe.
Assess the CAP’s impacts on nature and people.
Identify and evaluate cascading effects of the CAP in Europe and globally.
Engaging in a close dialogue with policy makers and societal actors to enhance the uptake of existing and generated knowledge for a more sustainable CAP.
Project questions and activities
Q1: How can impacts of the CAP in its entirety, on nature (BD and ESS) and people (income and inequities), be better measured?
Action 1.1: Integrative analysis of (joint) paths of biodiversity and rural societies.
Action 1.2: Improve targets and indicators and provide guidelines for monitoring.
Q2: How does the CAP affect the sustainability of agricultural production in Europe?
Action 2: Analysis of CAP effects on production, with a focus on:
a) support for animal products (coupled and decoupled Direct Payments, AECM for extensive grazing) and
b) support for sustainable farming systems through CAP payments, labelling and certification.
Q3: How can CAP instruments be improved to promote habitat restoration and contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation?
Action 3: Identify risks and opportunities for the CAP regarding climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the role of natural capital and restoration in this context, through literature reviews, policy analyses and a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats)
Q4: How can behavioural (societal) action and governance changes be fostered toward better protection and restoration of farmland BD, ESS and rural societies?
Action 4.1: Support decision-making, with focus on landscape-level planning and result-based implementation
Action 4.2: Advancing the concept of a “socio-ecological frontier”
Strategic aims and actions
Enhance interdisciplinarity in iDiv
Support action-oriented research to promote evidence-based decision-making
Enhance strategic cooperation with key research institutes and societal actors (NGOs, GOs, companies)
CAP4GI (Link) 2020-2024
Agroecology-TRANSECT (Link) 2022-2026
Birds@Farmlands (Developing tools to support farmland bird conservation in the EU) 2021-2022
Aletta Bonn, UFZ / iDiv / FSU Jena
Bernd Hansjürgens, UFZ / iDiv
Martin Quaas, iDiv / U Leipzig
Christian Wirth, iDiv / U Leipzig
Nicole van Dam, iDiv / FSU Jena
Sebastian Lakner, Uni Rostock
Norbert Röder, Thünen Insttitute
Maren Birkenstock, Thünen Insttitute
Jens Dauber, Thünen Insttitute
Francisco Moreira, CIBIO / InBIO
Ângela Lomba, CIBIO / InBIO
Kimberly Nicholas, U Lund
Henrik Smith, U Lund
Clélia Siarmi, INRAE
Ralf Seppelt, UFZ / iDiv
Birgit Müller, UFZ