Syngenta and Earthwatch work together on biodiversity conservation

Syngenta and Earthwatch share interests in research on biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes. The programme aims to raise awareness and understanding with staff, stakeholders and policy makers on current research and best practice in combining crop productivity and biodiversity conservation in Europe.

Through Earthwatch’s Corporate Environmental Responsibility Group (CERG), Syngenta started discussions with Earthwatch about opportunities for collaboration in 2004, and an agreement on a three-year programme of activities was signed in 2005.

Three projects are being developed to explore biodiversity enhancement in three major intensive crop systems: mixed arable farming (in the UK), vineyards (France) and olive plantations (Spain). The aim is that these should become ongoing, sustainable research projects attracting participants from Syngenta, governmental and non-governmental organisations and the public.

In 2010 Earthwatch India and Syngenta India agreed a new programme that provides professional and personal development and experiential learning opportunities to enable employees to become environmental leaders, supporting the company’s sustainability initiatives. Meanwhile, Syngenta International AG continues to support Earthwatch capacity to raise understanding of sustainable agriculture issues, and engage with business, agriculture and conservation stakeholders.

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Partnership types

Advocacy of global issues; Standards and guidelines development; Provision of all (3)

Regions / countries / territories

Asia: India Europe: France; Spain; United Kingdom

Global issues

Environment and climate change

Business sectors

Agriculture and livestock