The HNV_FarmForBio project will identify, characterise and map the national extent of HNV farmland and forest areas.
Across Europe High Nature Value farmland and forests (HNVFF) are those areas with a high proportion of natural and semi-natural vegetation supporting high biodiversity including various rare and threatened species. HNVFF systems have the potential to produce quality food and fibre as well as being vitally important for biodiversity, climate and water regulation, and landscape quality. The HNV_FarmForBio project will identify, characterise and map the national extent of HNV farmland and forest areas.
We will develop methodologies to assess their quality in terms of their biodiversity value and their potential contribution to a range of vital ecosystem service e.g. carbon storage and water quality. HNV_FarmForBio will also investigate incentives for the maintenance and enhancement of these areas. The findings of this project will help design a range of agri-environment, climate and forestry measures in future land use strategies to assist improved targeting of climate and biodiversity actions in Ireland.
High Nature Value farmland supports the presence of habitats and species of European, and/or national, and/or regional conservation concern whose survival depends on the maintenance or continued existence of the feature.
High Nature Value forests are all natural forests and those semi-natural forests in Europe where the management (historical or present) supports a high diversity of native species and habitats, and/or those forests which support the presence of species of European, and/or national, and/or regional conservation concern.
HNVFF areas are headline indicators in the Rural Development Programme, and EU legislation requires that High Nature Value farmland and forests are identified, monitored and targeted for agri-environment payments.
The HNV_FarmForBio project will answer questions in relation to the management of our HNV farming and forest areas, including understanding the existing state and establishing systems for monitoring change. The outcomes of the project will not only inform policy, but also benefit broader sections of our society and economy.
The identification of HNV farmland and forests opens up potential for HNV financial incentives & potential to get involved with incentivised schemes, projects (e.g. European Innovation Partnership projects).
The differentiation of HNVFF areas can lead to higher financial incentivisation for Public Goods
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