WP3 - Actual ecosystem services of semi-natural habitats
To quantify actual delivery of ecological services provided by semi-natural habitats and particular field management for the major European cropping systems across agri-climatic zones.
The specific objectives are:
To assess the control of pests by natural enemies, the pollination and other key services on a representative number of crops and semi-natural habitats in farms in each case study with standardized and simple methods.
To evaluate the economic benefits of the ecological services by measuring parameters that reflect the crop production.
To assess the perception of benefits of selected ecological services in the case studies as perceived by farmers.
To assess the relative socio-economic weight of selected ecological services by national experts’ judgement.
To increase farmers’ awareness for ecosystem services, ecological functions and biodiversity, and improve capacity of farming communities to benefit from these services.