High Nature Value (HNV) farming concept is highly relevant to biodiversity conservation, both inside and outside of protected areas. This project focuses on Serbia and aims to raise awareness amongst policy-makers and stakeholders of the importance of maintaining HNV farming systems, including the grazing of semi-natural vegetation with locally-adapted livestock breeds.
Local experts are taking the first steps towards the identification of these farming systems, as well as their likely distribution in Serbia. More detailed studies were done in the Stara Planina Nature Park and contrasting Deliblato Sands with the aim of developing pilot agri-environment measures which encourage those farming practices that are beneficial for biodiversity. Indicative map of the possible distribution of HNV farmland in Serbia is being prepared in close cooperation with Serbian Environmental Protection Agency.
A closing conference of the project will be held in Belgrade on 22 December 2010 where the publication "Developing National Agri-environment programme for Serbia" will be launched.
These pilot agri-environment measures are potential “preparatory actions” which could be eligible for funding under IPARD (the EU’s current pre-accession programme for rural development). The project therefore lays a foundation for future actions under IPARD, and other complementing existing rural development programmes and projects.
Time frame: 1 October 2008 - 31 December 2010
Contact person: Tomasz Pezold, IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe