Biodiversity checks and action plans

The Biodiversity-Check-Agricola provides the basis for a structured dialogue with producers. The check can be applied to both large and small plantations. For cooperatives, there is a convoy variant, which involves several small farmers at once.

What is a Biodiversity Check-Agricola?

The Biodiversity-Check-Agricola provides the basis for a structured dialogue with producers. The check can be applied to both large and small plantations. For cooperatives, there is a convoy variant, which involves several small farmers at once.

The BCA analyses the direct and indirect effects of a farm on biodiversity and uncovers further links. At the same time, it is a process to sensitise producers to the issue. The BCA is voluntary, flexible and confidential and is suitable for any crop. The procedure of the BCA has seven clearly defined steps with the aim of implementing a biodiversity action plan.

What are the advantages of the Biodiversity Check-Agricola? The process of the BCA

  • raises awareness of the importance of ecosystem services and biodiversity for production
  • contributes to sustainable production
  • enables the integration of biodiversity into the management of a farm and thus sustainability reporting
  • supports preparation for the effects of climate change
  • shows opportunities for marketing by communicating the topic to customers and business partners
  • helps to protect biodiversity itself: habitats, endangered species, protected areas and genetic diversity, including in agriculture.

In the Del Campo al Plato project alone, BCAs have already been carried out in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic on over 40 farms with a total area of 12,500 ha. In total, since its development in 2018, the check has already been carried out on 66 farms and 35 farms are implementing a biodiversity action plan.

18 Goals of the BCA

The BCA pursues 18 objectives in four operational areas:

Operational management 

  • Biodiversity policies
  • Further training of employees
  • Selection of suppliers
  • Minimising the impact of the infrastructure
  • legal compliance

Agricultural production areas

  • Soil protection
  • Integrated cultivation and no use of hazardous pesticides
  • Efficient use of water
  • Protection of genetic resources

On the whole farm

  • Preserving natural and semi-natural habitats
  • Record wildlife and preserve their habitats
  • Identifying areas outside production and upgrading them ecologically
  • Infrastructure for biodiversity
  • Management of invasive species
  • Efficient waste management

Landscape

  • Identify protected areas and reduce negative impacts
  • Sensitize and train employees
  • Develop cooperation with local actors, raise awareness in surrounding communities

Seven steps of the BCA

  1. context analysis
  2. preliminary visit
  3. preparation of the inspection
  4. inspection with application of the BCA
  5. preparing the report
  6. presentation of the report and preparation of a biodiversity action plan
  7. implementation of the Biodiversity Action Plan

Who developed 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.

Would you like to develop new marketing and differentiation opportunities together with your suppliers and work on biodiversity performance? Please contact us:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

Svenja Paulino
T +506 2520 1535
svenja.paulino@giz.de
www.giz.de/costarica

Lake Constance Foundation 

Marion Hammerl
+49 7732 9995 45
 

Global Nature Fund

Dr. Thomas Schaefer (Radolfzell)

+49 7732 9995 89

What has been implemented so far

45 agricultural enterprises with a total area of approx. 25,000 ha made a Biodiversity Check Agricola BCA. 15 developed a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAPbased on the measures recommended and started the implemen-tion. This involves measures for improved management of biodiversity as well as for improving agricultural practices to reduce negative impacts on biodiversity (use of pesticides, fertiliser management, soil protec-tion, use of water, waste management, etc.)