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Tracking Progress Toward EU Biodiversity Strategy Targets : EU Policy Effects in Preserving its Common Farmland Birds

Gamero, Anna; Brotons, Lluís; Brunner, Ariel; Foppen, Ruud P B; Fornasari, Lorenzo; Gregory, Richard D.; Herrando, Sergi; Hořák, David; Jiguet, Frédéric and Kmecl, Primož, et al. (2017) In Conservation Letters 10(4). p.395-402
Abstract

Maximizing the area under biodiversity-related conservation measures is a main target of the European Union (EU) Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. We analyzed whether agrienvironmental schemes (AES) within EU common agricultural policy, special protected areas for birds (SPAs), and Annex I designation within EU Birds Directive had an effect on bird population changes using monitoring data from 39 farmland bird species from 1981 to 2012 at EU scale. Populations of resident and short-distance migrants were larger with increasing SPAs and AES coverage, while Annex I species had higher population growth rates with increasing SPAs, indicating that SPAs may contribute to the protection of mainly target species and species spending most of their... (More)

Maximizing the area under biodiversity-related conservation measures is a main target of the European Union (EU) Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. We analyzed whether agrienvironmental schemes (AES) within EU common agricultural policy, special protected areas for birds (SPAs), and Annex I designation within EU Birds Directive had an effect on bird population changes using monitoring data from 39 farmland bird species from 1981 to 2012 at EU scale. Populations of resident and short-distance migrants were larger with increasing SPAs and AES coverage, while Annex I species had higher population growth rates with increasing SPAs, indicating that SPAs may contribute to the protection of mainly target species and species spending most of their life cycle in the EU. Because farmland birds are in decline and the negative relationship of agricultural intensification with their population growth rates was evident during the implementation of AES and SPAs, EU policies seem to generally attenuate the declines of farmland bird populations, but not to reverse them.

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  abstract     = {<p>Maximizing the area under biodiversity-related conservation measures is a main target of the European Union (EU) Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. We analyzed whether agrienvironmental schemes (AES) within EU common agricultural policy, special protected areas for birds (SPAs), and Annex I designation within EU Birds Directive had an effect on bird population changes using monitoring data from 39 farmland bird species from 1981 to 2012 at EU scale. Populations of resident and short-distance migrants were larger with increasing SPAs and AES coverage, while Annex I species had higher population growth rates with increasing SPAs, indicating that SPAs may contribute to the protection of mainly target species and species spending most of their life cycle in the EU. Because farmland birds are in decline and the negative relationship of agricultural intensification with their population growth rates was evident during the implementation of AES and SPAs, EU policies seem to generally attenuate the declines of farmland bird populations, but not to reverse them.</p>},
  author       = {Gamero, Anna and Brotons, Lluís and Brunner, Ariel and Foppen, Ruud P B and Fornasari, Lorenzo and Gregory, Richard D. and Herrando, Sergi and Hořák, David and Jiguet, Frédéric and Kmecl, Primož and Lehikoinen, Aleksi and Lindström, Åke and Paquet, Jean-Yves and Reif, Jiří and Sirkiä, Päivi M. and Škorpilová, Jana and Van Strien, Arco and Szép, Tibor and Telenský, Tomáš and Teufelbauer, Norbert and Trautmann, Sven and Van Turnhout, Chris A M and Vermouzek, Zdeněk and Vikstrøm, Thomas and Voříšek, Petr},
  issn         = {1755-263X},
  keyword      = {Agricultural intensification,Agrienvironmental schemes,Bird monitoring,Birds directive,Common agriculture policy,Natura 2000,SPA},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {395--402},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Conservation Letters},
  title        = {Tracking Progress Toward EU Biodiversity Strategy Targets : EU Policy Effects in Preserving its Common Farmland Birds},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/conl.12292},
  volume       = {10},
  year         = {2017},
}