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.