Overview of biodiversity indicators related to agriculture in Belgium
The sustainability of farming systems is currently under debate. Nowadays, agriculture has become not only a food provider but also a provider of goods and services for tourism, leisure, landscape management, nature conservation, etc. Agricultural management practices have a key impact on biodiversity conservation, a serious decline of many plant and animal species which are traditionally linked to agricultural areas has been demonstrated. Although not all impacts are negative, a need to identify and monitor pressures on biodiversity coming from agriculture has been identified. Agrobiodiversity indicators are the proposed mean to achieve that objective. This paper summarises the state-of-the-art in Belgium (at Federal and Regional levels) of the use of indicators to monitor and analyse agricultural impacts on biodiversity.
Keywords: Agrobiodiversity indicators, Belgium, Flanders, Wallonia