Biodiversity Trainings for Certifiers and Product Managers

Starting from November 2017, we will offer training on the topic of biodiversity in food production and standards in the form of workshops and webinars. Training modules will be available for specific product groups (e.g. permanent crops in temperate areas, permanent crops in tropical/subtropical areas, root crops and dairy products). There will also be a training tool for certified farms and train-the-trainer workshops for assessors.

Interested standard organizations and companies will gain access to the training materials based on their own requirements and which they can use for the dissemination among their certified farms and suppliers.

Participants will be provided with

  • Checklists and guidelines on agricultural practices and its impacts on biodiversity.
  • Recommendations on impacts and management of biodiversity related to important product groups (e.g. tillage farming, dairy and livestock farming, permanent crops).
  • Introduction to the Biodiversity Performance Tool and access to an online knowledge pool.

Background

A recent analysis of biodiversity provision in standards and label for the food sector showed a clear need for action. So far, biodiversity related criteria rarely go beyond the common approach of good agricultural practices; they are often unclear in their formulation and take into account the causes of biodiversity loss only partially. Often, auditors and certification companies need more knowledge to classify and supervise the measures taken for biodiversity protection.