More knowledge on and awareness of the role of semi-natural habitats may well be the way out of the current lock-in of many conventional farming systems. Such knowledge and awareness will help policy makers to further refine policy instruments already available in the CAP Pillar II, or planned in the CAP reform including the EU Green Infrastructure in agricultural areas and the Biodiversity Strategy, and will support farmers and other local stakeholders to adopt technologies based on eco-functional rather than external-input oriented intensification.

The Way Forward

Abbreviations:

SNH

Semi-natural Habitat

WP

Work Package

ES

Ecological Services