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Lake Constance Foundation
Global Nature Fund
Dr. Thomas Schaefer (Radolfzell)
+49 7732 9995 89
The Biodiversity Check Agricola provides the foundation for a structured dialogue with producers. The check can be applied to both, large and small plantations. For cooperatives, there is a convoi version with which several smallholders can be involved at once.
The BCA analyses the direct and indirect impacts of a farm on biodiversity and uncovers further connections. At the same time, it is a process to raise awareness of the issue among producers. The BCA is voluntary, flexible and confidential and suitable for any crop. The BCA process has seven well-defined steps that aim to implement a biodiversity action plan.
Only in the framework of the Del Campo al Plato project, BCAs have already been carried out in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic on more than 40 farms with a total area of 12,500 ha. In total, the check has already been carried out on 66 farms since its development in 2018, and 35 farms are implementing a Biodiversity Action Plan.
The BCA targets 18 objectives in four operational areas:
Agricultural production areas
On the whole farm
Seven steps of the BCA
The environmental organisations Global Nature Fund and Lake Constance Foundation and the Federal Association of Organic Viticulture ECOVIN e.V. developed the first biodiversity check for agricultural enterprises in 2012, which was implemented in four European countries. GIZ and the Sustainable Agricultural Network SAN have developed this check into the BCA.
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53 farms with a total area of about 25,000 ha underwent
a Biodiversity Check Agricola BCA until end of
2020. 19 have drawn up a Biodiversity Action Plan
(BAP) from the recommended measures and are implementing
measures. This includes improved management
of biodiversity on farms as well as measures to
improve agricultural practices to reduce negative impacts
on biodiversity (use of pesticides, fertiliser management,
soil protection, water, waste management).