Translated title: Natura 2000 and Species Protection in the Agricultural Landscape — in "Naturschutz und Biologische Vielfalt", Issue 164
50 percent of the land in Germany is used for agriculture, including areas designated for nature protection. Agriculture and nature conservation are thus closely interlinked. The conference “Natura 2000 und Artenschutz in der Agrarlandschaft” ( „Natura 2000 und Artenschutz in der Agrarlandschaft“) addressed the question of how wild plants and certain groups of animals in agricultural landscapes can be better protected. Examples of protection programs and pioneering individual projects were presented. Also, experts from science and nature conservation discussed the efficiency of existing protective measures as well as the framework conditions and possible solutions in agricultural policy. In particular, the conference aimed to connect the various stakeholders in nature conservation, science, and research more closely and to promote the exchange of experience and knowledge between both groups. The volume contains author contributions on the topics of the conference. In addition to analysis of the framework conditions, in particular concerning the effect of new pesticides and seed dressing, increased nitrogen levels, biomass cultivation and fragmentation of agriculture, the publication includes studies on bird population trends and insect decline. Likewise, experiences are included on concrete projects for the protection and promotion of animal and plant species as well as grassland habitats in the agricultural landscape.