Technical tools

The cross-diagnostic tool

The cross-diagnostic tool is a method of diagnosing farms that combines three approaches – agronomic, ecological and socio-economic. It analyses the consideration of biodiversity at the farm level in order to understand it as an integral component of the system and to develop a farm-wide management plan. This diagnostic method will be implemented on 60 farms in 2022/2023 (initial diagnosis) and 2026 (final diagnosis). It networks local agricultural partners with territorial facilitating bodies (Natura 2000, local authorities, etc.).

Find the method, the indicators used and the feedback of its implementation in the framework of LIFE BIODIV ‘Paysanne, to benefit from advice for possible support at the scale of your farm.

The non-profit agricultural operating company

The non-profit agricultural operating company (SCEA) is dedicated to preserving species and natural environments and the enhancement of natural resources. It will allow the development of new sectors, such as the creation of a “natural hay” label improving the economic value of mowing products, the collection of local seeds under the Végétal Local (local plant) brand in order to strengthen and diversify the income of grassland farms, the introduction of ecological restoration services (reopening of environments by a herd, dragging by animal traction, etc.). It will allow us to forge a real partnership between natural area managers, structures defending local, environmentally friendly, sustainable and small-scale agriculture as well as more conventional agricultural structures and decision-makers.

The replicability plan for this SCEA will be available from 2027.

The Multi-Site Management Plan Toolkit

Drawing on the methodology developed by the CEN (Conservatoires des espaces naturels) network and the OFB (Office française de la biodiversité) for the development of management plans (, the project proposes a toolbox adapted to a multi-site approach to analyse issues at the level of a network of functional sites, to pool resources, etc.

From 2026, find this toolbox resulting from the feedback from the implementation of a multi-site management plan at the level of 12 project site networks

The technical and economic assessment of the harvest of local grassland seeds on the plain

This assessment will allow you, for each of tested harvesting methods, to obtain the results of specific compositions, the physiological qualities of the seeds and a complete techno-economic approach with the aim of transposing this method to your agricultural activity.

Publication expected in 2026.

The biodiversity component of the "Acting on the land" guide

This guide for local authorities, published by the Terre de Liens Federation, will be enriched with a biodiversity component based on the LIFE project experience. It will help you, elected officials and local authorities, to include biodiversity in your land policies by inspiring and encouraging you to preserve the environment.

You can find the updated version from 2026.

Methods for integrating biodiversity issues into the acquisition, monitoring and management tools deployed by TDL

Terre De Liens (TDL) is one of the main signatories of Environmental Rural Leases in France. It publishes a “Practical Guide to Ethical Property”. This tool for private owners of agricultural property will be enriched using good practices and methodological advice in order to strengthen the procedures for defining, negotiating and monitoring the environmental clauses associated with these leases.

Find the updated version from 2026.