Agriculture

Nearly half of the habitats and species on the terrestrial part of Natura 2000 network are dependent on, or associated with, extensive agricultural practices that are usually present in economically marginal farming areas (e.g. grazing semi-natural pastures or hay making). There is a also a considerable overlap between High Nature Value (HNV) farmland areas and farmland in Natura 2000, as the farmed areas hosting habitats and species of Community interest are identified as HNV farmland. However, many Natura 2000 farming systems are facing economic pressures. In order to preserve them it is necessary to ensure that the farmers receive sufficient support from the Common Agricultural Policy, more specifically from the greening measures (Pillar 1) and the Rural Development Program (Pillar 2). For more information please check our article on the greening measures below.

Greening measures in CAP – Which may work for you and nature?

 

Photo Credit: Ioan Hiliuta

Photo Credit: Ioan Hiliuta