The environmental quality objective A Varied Agricultural Landscape aims to ensure that:
– the physical, chemical, hydrological, and biological qualities and processes of arable land are maintained,
– concentrations of pollutants are so low in agricultural soils that ecosystem functions, biodiversity, and human health are not threatened,
– important ecosystem services of the agricultural landscape are preserved,
– the agricultural landscape is open and richly varied with significant elements of managed semi-natural pastures, and hay meadows, small-scale habitats and water environments, including a green infrastructure that offers habitats and dispersal pathways for wild plant and animal species,
– habitats and species associated with the agricultural landscape have a favourable conservation status and sufficient genetic variation within and between populations,
– local breeds of domestic animals and the genetic resources of cultivated crops are sustainably preserved,– threatened species and natural environments have recovered,
– alien species and genotypes do not threaten biodiversity,
– genetically modified organisms that can threaten biodiversity are not introduced,
– biological and cultural heritage values of the agricultural landscape that have emerged through long-term, traditional management are preserved or improved,
– cultural and built environments in the agricultural landscape are preserved and the conditions for continued preservation and development of their values are in place, and
– the value of the agricultural landscape for outdoor recreation is safeguarded and maintained, and accessible to the public.
No. It is not possible to achieve the environmental quality objective by 2020 on the basis of policy instruments already decided on or planned.