Understanding 100 years of farmland biodiversity loss
The agricultural sector in the Netherlands is highly advanced. We are now the world’s second largest agricultural exporter. This has had a side effect, namely a decline in farmland biodiversity over the past hundred years. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) has been able to quantify this decline for the first time. ‘With the help of new methods, we’re now able to monitor plant and animal species reliably over a longer period of time,’ says CBS researcher Arco van Strien.