Biodiversity Performance Tool and Monitoring System

Biodiversity Performance Tool and Monitoring System

Biodiversity assessments at farm level are poorly developed compared to other classic farming indicators such as nitrogen balance, pesticide pressure, energy performance, water footprint, and GHG emissions. There is a marked absence of easy-to-use and meaningful tools for certified farmers, certifiers and assessors to assess biodiversity and the quality of the measures.

With the newly developed Biodiversity Performance Tool (BPT), the current situation and the further development for biodiversity protection on farms will be analyzed. The BPT will be integrated with the dialect tool, which is used by more than 4,000 farmers.

From 2019, the BPT will be tested in our pilot projects involving farms in cereal cultivation (Germany), tomato cultivation (Spain), olive production (Spain), in grasslands used for meat production (Portugal) and grasslands used for milk production and dairy products (France).

Are you interested in the BPT and want to use a monitoing database for tracking the biodiversity performance of (certified) farms? Contact our team and get regular updates via our e-news.

The final version of the BPT will be available for certifiers, assessors and product managers free of cost. They will also be involved in a training program to strengthen their knowledge and expertise on biodiversity.

In a next step, we will set up a Monitoring System and Database to track biodiversity performance at farm level. Using this database, standard-setting organizations and companies will be able to monitor the positive effects and improve upon their criteria and measures.