Biodiversity for agriculture and recreationIn Duinboeren and De Kempen, two regions of the province of Noord-Brabant, dairy and arable farmers are taking measures to increase on-farm biodiversity. Their efforts lead to a more attractive landscape as well as more resilient, sustainable farming systems. The two regional projects, which take place within the framework of the 'Farmers and Agrobiodiversity Brabant' programme, are funded by the province. The projects are carried out by farming advisors and researchers of the Louis Bolk Institute, together with the Duinboeren platform and local chapters of the ZLTO farmers network.
Clever use of natural processesBy making clever use of natural processes farmers can achieve significant improvements. Together with researchers the farmers evaluate measures at various levels, and determine which are the most suitable for promoting biodiversity in their own farming situation. Effective measures are, for example, using grass-clover mixtures instead of perennial ryegrass monocultures, using crop rotation, and cross-breeding livestock. The participating farmers are at the forefront of these developments, and they inspire other farmers in the region to adopt successful strategies. As a result, a large part of Noord-Brabant benefits from insights and experience gained in these two projects.
Experience in biodiversity projectsThe projects in Duinboeren and De Kempen run from 2010-2013.The Louis Bolk Institute was awarded these two projects partly owing to our broad experience gained in earlier biodiversity projects in Noord-Brabant. The most recent results of these earlier projects can be downloaded (in Dutch).