Dr. Ulrike Eberle (Project leader BioVal, ZNU – Center for Sustainable Leadership) visited agricultural producers and the FRoSTA plant in Lommatzsch together with Helene Eulenstein (Project partner, FRoSTA AG) in early July as part of the BioVal project. The aim of the visits was to find out how biodiversity is dealt with and how work can be done together to further advance the protection of biodiversity.
The BioVal project aims to develop instruments and management tools to protect and promote biodiversity along the value chains of products. In the living lab with FRoSTA AG, we are investigating how the life cycle assessment of biodiversity can be integrated into the merchandise management system in order to quantify the impact on biodiversity. On this basis, impacts on biodiversity can then be taken into account in management decision-making and, for example, in product development.
The focus was therefore on whether the specific data needed could be collected and on which data there might be difficulties. It was nice to learn that the data needed for the impact assessment on biodiversity is available at the agricultural level.
It was also exciting to see that there are different requirements for agricultural production, also with regard to biodiversity, when raw materials are produced for frozen food production or for the food retail trade or the weekly market, and that a differentiated consideration is required here, particularly with regard to suitable measures. The visit was very informative and provides further insights for the practicability of the impact assessment method on biodiversity (BVI method) further developed in the BioVal project and for the development of a tool for the application of the BVI method.