Policy influencer event:
New solutions to help reverse Europe's biodiversity and pollinator crisis on farmland

May 30, 2023 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Committee of the Regions, Room JDE52



On 30 May at 10AM, two NSR Interreg projects are organizing an event on solutions to work towards the recovery of farmland biodiversity and improve crop pollination

In 2020, the European Commission launched the Biodiversity strategy for 2030 (europa.eu) , after the previous 2020 strategy failed to deliver on all farmland targets. The new strategy aims to correct this, but because success is directly linked to the Common Agricultural Policy (europa.eu) , targets may again be missed. Meanwhile, reduced crop pollination is negatively affecting yields on Europe's farms, caused by diminishing pollinator numbers, especially bees.

Agri-environmental schemes (AES) play a key role in helping to achieve the EU's biodiversity targets and increase crop yields, but they face many challenges: European Agri-environmental Policy: Evolution, Effectiveness, and Challenges | European Forest Institute (efi.int) .

Based on the results and lessons learned of two North Sea Region Interreg projects, PARTRIDGE and BEESPOKE, participants of this event will be presented with a set of clear suggestions and solutions on how future AES' should be designed to help address the EU's nature and yield deficits in farmland.

The PARTRIDGE, Interreg VB North Sea Region Program demonstrated how biodiversity on arable farmland can be increased, while a large-scale online survey provided practical answers on how-to-improve-ae-scheme-uptake-and-provision_key-messages-for- policy-influencers.pdf (northsearegion.eu) .

The BEESPOKE, Interreg VB North Sea Region Program showed how levels of insect pollinators and crop pollination can be increased at local and landscape scales by providing land managers and policy makers with new expertise, tools and financial knowledge to create more sustainable and resilient agroecosystems.

Practical information

  • Hybrid info session on 30 May 2023 from 10am to 12:15am.
  • Location: Committee of the Regions, Room JDE52 for main event and Atrium 5 for your lunch Rue Belliard/Belliardstraat 101, B-1040 Bruxelles/Brussel, www.cor.europa.eu
  • Participation is free, but registration is required.
  • Language of this event is English.
  • A few days before the event, once registered, you will receive a link to access the online session.





PARTRIDGE is a project co-funded by the Interreg North Sea Region Programme which show-cases how new and improved management solutions can improve biodiversity and ecosystem services by up to 30% by 2023 at 10 demonstration sites across the region.

PARTRIDGE (Protecting the Area’s Resources Through Researched Innovative Demonstration of Good Examples), is one of 11 projects which were approved in 2016 by the Interreg North Sea Region. In 2019, the project was awarded an extension until 2023. The programme aims to make the region more innovative, resilient and sustainable.









Grey Partridge playback surveys with the Interreg NSR PARTRIDGE project






Hare counting with the Interreg NSR PARTRIDGE project





PARTRIDGE mix on the Rotherfield Estate






Why and how to create a wildlife flower plot for partridges and other farmland wildlife






A day in the life of a GWCT student in Scotland 






PARTRIDGE Project Enamel Pins

In 2020 PARTRIDGE produced an exclusive enamel flying partridge pins to help support our project.  These are now almost sold out. All funds produced from this fundraiser go towards the conservation of grey partridges and help fight the loss of our wildlife on arable farmland.  Last few pins can be purchased HERE



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