High Natur Value Farmland in Central Europe


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High Natur Value Farmland in Central Europe

  1. 1. SALVERE International workshop at Gumpenstein 26 th to 27 th of May 2009
  2. 2. Workpackage 3 H igh N atur V alue F armland in Central Europe E.M. POETSCH Federal Research and Education Centre for Agriculture Raumberg-Gumpenstein, AUSTRIA
  3. 3. <ul><ul><li>national, regional, local data/information about/on HNVF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>H igh N ature V alue G rassland (= SNG?) as a part of HNVF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>H igh N ature V alue G rassland as potential donor sites for seed production or source of plant material </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Number, size, floristic characteristics of HNVF/HNVG </li></ul></ul>3.1 status quo of H igh N atur V alue F armland
  4. 4. 3.2 impact of agricultural policy on HNVF <ul><ul><li>Measures of RDP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural handicap payments to farmers in mountainous regions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Payments to farmers in areas with handicaps, other than mountain areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nature 2000 payments and payments linked to the water framework directive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agri-environmental payments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support for non-productive investments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… .. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. 3.3 future development of HNVF <ul><ul><li>change of land use – land abandonment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>change of farming systems & farming intensity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>development of agri-environmental programmes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>acceptance of agri-environmental programmes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>attitude of affected stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. H ow to manage the open issues? <ul><ul><li>Questionnaire was generated and sent to all participants of SALVERE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevant national stakeholders should be contacted and involved to get the necessary information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Return of filled in questionnaires to </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. R eturn rate of filled in questionnaires <ul><ul><li>country responsible persons reference area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Czech Republic – 3: Michova, Reiterova, Vrbicky Czech Republic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slovakia – 2: Kizekova Slovakia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poland – 12: Golinski Poland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Germany – 3: Kirmer, Harnisch, Feucht Sachsen, Hessen, Baden-Württemberg </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Austria – 1: Pötsch, Krautzer Austria </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Italy – 4: Molfetta, Mulser … Lombardia, Veneto, Trentino, Bolzano </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hungary – 1: Rebeka Hungary </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. HNVF - responsibility (I) <ul><ul><li>definition of HNVF: European Union, ministry of agriculture/environment, agency of nature conservation, environmental agency, regional authorities, agri-environmental policy office, environmental ecology office …. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>definition of HNVF: already existing not available 10 14 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>draft version, but in most countries there is no final, exact definition available so far – still in progress! </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. H igh N ature V alue F armland - definition ► HNVF comprises those European areas where agriculture is a major (dominant) land use and where it supports a high species & habitat diversity or the presence of species of European conservation concern European Environment Agency, 2006
  10. 10. HNVF - responsibility (II) <ul><ul><li>identification/declaration of HNVF: strongly related to and depending on the definition of HNVF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>some contradictory answers (P)!? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>on the way in some countries (G, A, CZE) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>already realized in some Nature 2000 areas (I, SK) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>available for Hungary ( ~ 20% of AA) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>main farmland types of HNVF: grassland (permanent/extensive/alpine meadows, pastures – seminatural grassland, floodplain meadows, wooded meadows), orchards, vineyards, (arable) fields </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>proportion of HNVF in Nature 2000 areas: wide range of variation (marginal – very high) </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. HNVF - information level <ul><ul><li>stakeholders: agriculture nature conservation public policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 2,8 2,1 3,6 3,0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 1 = excellent, 2 = good, 3 = poor, 4 = bad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>attitude of </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>stakeholders: agriculture nature conservation public policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 2,7 1,2 2,9 2,7 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 = very important, 2 = relevant, 3 = less important, 4 = unimportant </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. HNVF - impact of agri-environmental programmes <ul><ul><li>Agri-environmental programmes are existing in all partner countries  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is assumed that these programmes have an impact on HNVF  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are (in most countries) specific measures within the programmes to improve HNVF  </li></ul></ul>HNVF - purpose of area extension <ul><ul><li>Yes! (in most countries – driven by EU, NGO´s, national park authorities, nature and landscape departments, local initiatives …) </li></ul></ul>HNVF - demonstration/research activities <ul><ul><li>Monitoring systems in HNVF-areas, monitoring of grassland formations in Nature 2000 areas, special auditing activities of RDP … </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. C onclusions <ul><ul><li>It is not easy to design a questionnaire without any confusing parts/elements! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nevertheless the return rate was surprisingly good and we received interesting information & contact addresses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There still seems to be little knowledge on the topic of HNVF even this baseline indicator has to be considered in the evaluation procedure of PRD (mid term review in 2010) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It can be expected that within the duration period of SALVERE there will be some progress (definition, data base, mapping …) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Link between HNVF-areas and potential donor sites for seeds or plant material to improve biodiversity = SALVERE </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. T hank you for paying attention!