High Nature Grasslands in Europe
- their position within the GHG debate -
Peter Veen
Royal Dutch Society for Nature Conser...
High Nature Value areas
Source: European Environmental Agency, 2007
Example of HNV category 1 on the mountain slopes towards
category 2 in the valley: United Kingdom – Cumberland
Example of HNV category 3: large scale meadows with
Black-tailed Godwit
Mapping of semi-natural grasslands
• National mapping projects (exceptions Romania, Poland)
• Executed by national institu...
Projected impacts from climate change in Europe
Source: EU, 2009
Mainly by producing two powerful greenhouse gases:
methane - from livestock digestion processes, stored animal
manure and ...
Reduction of GHG production in agriculture
• Introduction of HNV agricultural farming types
• Conservation of existing HNV...
Thank you for attention
more information www.veenecology.nl
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Peter Veen
Royal Dutch Society for Nature Conservation
Side Event „Operationalizing Landscape Approaches“, 5th of November 2010

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High Nature Grasslands in Europe - their position within the GHG debate

  1. 1. High Nature Grasslands in Europe - their position within the GHG debate - Peter Veen Royal Dutch Society for Nature Conservation Side Event „Operationalizing Landscape Approaches“, 5th of November 2010
  2. 2. High Nature Value areas Source: European Environmental Agency, 2007
  3. 3. Example of HNV category 1 on the mountain slopes towards category 2 in the valley: United Kingdom – Cumberland
  4. 4. Example of HNV category 3: large scale meadows with Black-tailed Godwit
  5. 5. Mapping of semi-natural grasslands • National mapping projects (exceptions Romania, Poland) • Executed by national institutes, universities and NGOs • Scientifically sound mapping methodology • Resulting in a GIS based Database of biodiversity data and other information like management, abandonment • Goals: to support candidate countries/NMS with the implementation of AE schemes and the identification of Natura2000 sites
  6. 6. Projected impacts from climate change in Europe Source: EU, 2009
  7. 7. Mainly by producing two powerful greenhouse gases: methane - from livestock digestion processes, stored animal manure and organic soils – sources: livestock production and soils nitrous oxide - from organic and mineral nitrogen fertilisers – sources: intensity of land use Currently in EU, about 9 % of total greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture (down from 11 % in 1990). Source: EU, 2009 Origin of GHG from agriculture
  8. 8. Reduction of GHG production in agriculture • Introduction of HNV agricultural farming types • Conservation of existing HNV grasslands in Europe • Green labelling of agricultural systems • Special application technics for manure and fertilizing applications
  9. 9. Thank you for attention more information www.veenecology.nl

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