High Nature Value farming systems

The concept of High Nature Value (HNV) farming refers to those farming systems and farmlands that support a high diversity of wildlife species and habitats and/or species of conservation concern.

These are mainly low-intensity livestock farming relying on permanent and wooded pastures and hay meadows, and in some areas includes low-intensity crop systems, traditional orchards and olive groves. HNV farmland covers over 25% of the European agricultural land. HNV farms are multi-functional systems that, on top of producing quality food and conserving biodiversity, habitats and landscapes, supply a range of public goods and services: they contribute to water and soil protection, carbon storage, fire and climate change mitigation, employment, and are part of our cultural heritage. The key themes, on which we have been working, are:

In Finnish, such farmland is mostly called “perinnebiotoopit” (traditional biotopes) - Info
For examples across Europe, explore HNV-Link project site

Due to a high applied value of research and undertaken participatory approaches, apart from research evidence, we produced a wide variety of end-user materials:
See Outputs on www.hnvlink.eu/
The Guidebook on Grazing for Horse Owners (in Finnish)

People working under High Nature Value farming systems
Irina (Iryna) Herzon, Docent, University lecturer
Traci Birge, PostDoc
Miriam Torres-Miralles, PhD student