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Action urgently needed for more sustainability in EU agricultural policy

The European Union's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is about to undergo a further reform. As before any previous reform, there is a debate on what environmental objectives the CAP should set itself and what the framework should be to make an effective contribution in this area.

A publication by an international network of scientists, in which the IfLS was also involved, will contribute to this debate:

Pe'er G, Bonn A, Bruelheide H, Dieker P, Eisenhauer N, Feindt PH, Hagedorn G, Hansjürgens B, Herzon I, Lomba A, Marquard E, Moreira F, Nitsch H, Oppermann R, Perino A, Röder N, Schleyer C, Schindler S, Wolf C, Zinngrebe Y, Lakner S (2020): Action needed for the EU Common Agricultural Policy to address sustainability challenges People Nature:in Press, DOI:10.1002/pan3.10080

The authors call for the adoption of a fundamental reform of the CAP geared towards sustainability in view of the ongoing climate and biodiversity crisis. The current proposals of the European Commission for a new CAP after 2020 offer fundamental scope for this. However, the publication also lists key deficits and makes proposals for reorientation based on ten fields of action.

A previous version of the article was signed by more than 3,600 scientists.

You can download the publication here.

Contact person at IfLS: Heike Nitsch (nitsch[at]