Cover of the position paper "Ecological Focus Areas – Crucial for biodiversity in the agricultural landscape!" with a photo of a landscape with fields, trees, bushes and forest
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Ecological Focus Areas – Crucial for biodiversity in the agricultural landscape!

Position of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, the German Federal Environment Agency and the Agriculture Commission at the German Federal Environment Agency (KLU) on the issue of the national implementation of ecological focus areas

With its reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the EU Commission strives for not only a fairer distribution of agricultural funds but, in particular, for a more environmentally friendly, a “greener” CAP. The dramatic decline in farmland biodiversity, persistently high nutrient deposition in soils and watercourses, and European as well as global biodiversity targets demonstrate the need for a stronger “greening” of the CAP. The core measure designed to meet this objective is the introduction of a “greening” component. Thirty percent of Pillar 1 supports are to be made conditional on compliance with these “agricultural practises beneficial for the climate and the environment”.

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