The realization that agriculture has to become more sustainable is incorporated in policy instruments from national to global levels. Knowledge on how biodiversity can be mobilized to make agriculture sustainable is growing. Throughout Europe, farmers, researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders are implementing various forms of functional agrobiodiversity. At present, this practical experience is extremely fragmented and barely accessible. The ’European Learning Network on Functional Agrobiodiversity
’ (ELN-FAB) aims to change this.
Since early 2009 ECNC has hosted the Secretariat of this European Learning Network. The Network’s activities are guided by a Steering Group consisting of European policymakers and scientists representing the following organizations:
European Commission DG Environment;
European Landowners’ Organization (ELO);
Copa-Cogeca, an umbrella organization for farmers and their cooperatives in the EU;
Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands;
Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food, Germany;
Ministry of Agriculture, Estonia;
French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB), France;
University of Lancaster, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, UK;
Institute of Agro-Food Research and Technology (IRTA), Spain.
The ELN-FAB aims to provide a platform and facility for exchange of knowledge and practical experiences between farmers, policymakers and scientists to enable fast and effective implementation of best practices in order to help to optimize agrobiodiversity benefits and promote sustainable agriculture. The Network focuses on the 27 Member States of the EU, plus Norway and Switzerland.