EBBC - Biodiversity in Standards and Labels for the Food Industry

Biodiversity in Standards and Labels
for the Food Industry

In August 2016, Global Nature Fund, Lake Constance Foundation, Agentur AUF! (Germany),  Fundación Global Nature (Spain), Solagro, agoodforgood (France) and Instituto Superior Técnico (Portugal) have initiated the project “Biodiversity in Standards and Labels for the Food Industry” funded by the EU LIFE programme.

The main objective of LIFE Food & Biodiversity is to improve the biodiversity performance of standards and labels within the food industry, by supporting standard organizations to include efficient biodiversity criteria into their schemes; and motivating food processing companies and retailers to include biodiversity criteria into their sourcing guidelines.

The specific objectives are:

  • Monitoring of biodiversity: By establishing a meaningful two level monitoring system the impact on biodiversity of standards and labels for the food sector can be monitored.

By 2020, a European sector wide initiative “Biodiversity Performance in the Food Sector” will be established. It's aim is the continuous improvement and implementation of effective biodiversity criteria in the food sector. This includes a continuous work towards biodiversity protection hand in hand with stakeholders from the food sector (standard and label organizations, food processing companies, producer organizations, and environmental protection organizations).


Target groups

  • Standard and label organizations relevant for the food sector in the EU
  • Certifiers/auditors/inspectors of standards and labels
  • Owners and managers of certified farms/companies
  • Food processing companies and retailers with requirements for the supply chain
  • Companies without own specific requirements
  • Procurement managers in local authorities, canteens, hospitals
  • Business media and sector specific media

For companies there are several opportunities to participate:

LIFE Food & Biodiversity (LIFE15 GIE/DE/000737)
Countries:   Germany, France, Spain, Portugal
EBBC Partner:   Global Nature Fund, Agentur AUF!, Bodensee-Stiftung, Fundación Global Nature, Solagro und agoodforgood, Instituto Superior Técnico
Supported by:   EU LIFE porgramme of the European Union
Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)

Fundacion Biodiversidad
Ministre de l'agriculture
Région l'Occitanie
Duration:   1 August 2016 - 31 January 2020
Budget:   3,056,775.00 € (EU LIFE Contribution: 1,830,615.00 €)