SHOWCASing synergies between agriculture, biodiversity and Ecosystem services to help farmers capitalising on native biodiversity


The slow adoption by the agricultural sector of practices to promote biodiversity are thought to originate from three interrelated issues. First, we know little about which incentives effectively motivate farmers to integrate biodiversity into daily farm management. Second, few studies so far have produced evidence that biodiversity-based approaches produce benefits in terms of key variables for farmers (yield, profit). Third, there is a large communication gap between the scientists investigating biodiversity-based farming practices and the farmers that have to implement them. To overcome these barriers, SHOWCASE will review and test the effectiveness of a range of economic and societal incentives to implement biodiversity management in farming operations and examine farmer and public acceptance. Focus will be on three promising approaches: (i) result-based incentives, (ii) involvement in citizen science biodiversity monitoring and (iii) biodiversity-based business models. SHOWCASE will co-produce together with stakeholders a solid interdisciplinary evidence for the agro-ecological and socio-economic benefits of biodiversity management in 10 contrasting farming systems across Europe. SHOWCASE will also design communication strategies that are tailor-made to farmers and other key stakeholders operating in different socio-economic and environmental conditions. SHOWCASE will develop a multi-actor network of 10 Experimental Biodiversity Areas in contrasting European farming systems that will be used for in-situ research on biodiversity incentives and evidence for benefits as well as knowledge exchange. This network will be used to identify and test biodiversity indicators and targets relevant to all stakeholders and use them in a learning-by-doing approach to improve benefits of biodiversity management on farms both within the network and beyond.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Davide Viaggi

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari
Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali
Dipartimento di Scienze Statistiche "Paolo Fortunati"

Wu Wageningen Universiteit(Netherlands)

Other Participants:
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas (Csic) (Spain)
Sveriges Lantbruks Universitet -Slu- (Sweden)
Universitat Bern (Switzerland)
Scienseed SL (Spain)
Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (Austria)
Peterson Projects Bv (Netherlands)
Wwf European Policy Office (Belgium)
Pensoft Publishers Ltd (Bulgaria)
Universidade De Evora (Portugal)
Leibniz-Zentrum Fur Agrarlandschaftsforschung (Zalf) E.V. (Germany)
Magyar Tudomanyos Akademia Okologiai Kutatokozpont (Hungary)
Estonian University Of Life Sciences (Estonia)
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (Italy)
The University Of Reading (United Kingdom)
The National Farmers' Union-Nfu (United Kingdom)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
De Vlinderstichting (Netherlands)
Eidgenoessisches Departement Fuer Wirtschaft, Bildung Und Forschung (Switzerland)
C.N.R.S. Delegation Centre-Est (France)
Babes-Bolyai University (Romania)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 7.999.771,25
Project Duration in months: 60
Start Date: 01/11/2020
End Date: 31/10/2025

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Zero hunger This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 862480