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Shaping the digitalization of agriculture sustainably Recommendations from a nature conservation perspective

Preserving biodiversity is currently not a primary goal of the digitization of agriculture, but merely a possible side effect. Current technologies often focus primarily on marginal efficiency improvements along existing technology paths and thus further intensify agricultural production. However, an ecologically sustainable transformation of the agricultural sector requires far-reaching changes that focus on agroecological approaches that promote diversification and long-term resilience. There has so far, also been little public awareness of the risks arising from digitalization, such as rebound effects.

The potential of digital technologies for biodiversity protection and nature conservation also depends on the political framework. Strategic governmental guidance of the digital transformation of agriculture to draw on potentials and mitigate risks is therefore necessary. This policy brief outlines recommendations for action.