BioMonitor4CAP - Advanced biodiversity monitoring for results-based and effective agricultural policy and transformation

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Intensive agricultural land use is one of the major drivers negatively affecting habitat and biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. Two EU strategies, "Biodiversity 2030" and "From Producer to Consumer", aim to halt biodiversity loss while ensuring human well-being. Efficient and reliable biodiversity monitoring strategies are required to monitor the implementation and progress of these initiatives.

The goal of the BioMonitor4CAP research project is to develop advanced biodiversity monitoring for agriculture to show which agricultural practices and strategies work best at conserving farmland biodiversity. The project will test, validate, and develop various biodiversity monitoring systems. Thus, the project will for the first time combine classical biodiversity indicator systems with technology-based acoustic, optical or molecular approaches to develop, validate and demonstrate holistic approaches for systematic and near-continuous monitoring of in situ biodiversity of agricultural areas. These monitoring systems will then be used on agricultural land as well as in European “Natura 2000” nature reserves.

Responsibilities of Fraunhofer IDMT

Fraunhofer IDMT will bring its expertise in the field of bioacoustic monitoring for birds, bats and insects to the project. On the one hand, the existing AI models for the detection of these species will be made more robust and energy efficient. On the other hand, the detection system will be extended and adapted to the species diversity for in-situ biodiversity monitoring.


Project Coordinator:
  • Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change (LIB), Germany

Project Partners:

  • Food4Sustainability, Portugal
  • NatureMetrics, UK
  • University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  • Farm Europe, Belgium
  • Society for Ornithology, Czech Republic
  • British Trust for Ornithology, UK
  • Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finland
  • Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria
  • Space4Good, The Netherlands
  • Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bio-economy (ATB), Germany
  • University of Hildesheim Foundation, Germany
  • UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK
  • Spreewald Biosphere Reserve, Germany
  • Scientific University of the South, Peru
  • Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgaria
  • Bayer AG, Germany
  • German agricultural industry association, Germany
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT, Germany
  • School of Agribusiness in Lomza, Poland
  • Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, Bulgaria


December 2022 – November 2026


The project is funded under the HORIZON-CL6-2022-BIODIV-01 program/call (Grant Agreement No 101081964).

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