Project details

OEVForsch – Implementation and management of ecologigal focus areas from a nature conservation perspective

The project “Implementation and management of ecological focus areas from a nature conservation perspective – praxis handbook and scientific assessment” is carried out together with the Thünen Institute of Rural Studies and the Institute for Agro-ecology and Biodiversity (ifab).

The project assesses first experiences with the obligation to establish ecological focus areas from 2015 on and their benefits for nature conservation. This also includes administrative aspects and the interplay with further instruments in the field of agri-environment. Besides field investigations of flora and fauna on selected plots and farms, farmers, advisors and representatives of administrations are interviewed. Analyses of IACS-data shall shed light on the actual selection of ecological focus areas as well as on additionality of these areas. In the course of the project a practical guidance booklet on ecological focus areas from a nature conservation point of view is developed. Project findings and resulting recommendations are also presented and discussed at a project-conference and will be published as BfN-script. An English summary shall make results also accessible at EU-level. Against the background of the evaluation of ecological focus areas planned for 2017, the project shall contribute to consult the EU-commission as well as the national level regarding the design of ecological focus areas in the future.




Research | Sustainable land use |


Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), Germany


2015 - 2016

Contact person/s at IfLS: 

Heike Nitsch, Jörg Schramek