Biodiversity 1 min
Agriculture and Biodiversity: benefiting from synergies
INRA has released the results of a multidisciplinary scientific assessment on the relationships between agriculture and biodiversity. Commissioned by the French ministries of agriculture and ecology, the assessment should be seen against the backdrop of a global challenge - stemming the loss of biodiversity – and approaching deadlines for national and European environmental and agricultural policies.
Published on 02 July 2008
The assessment describes the current wisdom on the impact of agriculture on biodiversity, as well as the services that biodiversity can render to agricultural production processes. It explores possibilities that would allow better integration of biodiversity in agricultural practices and reviews the different tools for public action.
To conduct the assessment, INRA called on about twenty experts from various institutions (including INRA, CNRS, IRD, agricultural schools, ISARA) working in different disciplines, including ecology, agronomy, economics, social sciences, and law.
Their conclusions have been published in an assessment report and a summary. They were presented and discussed with the public on 2 July 2008.