HNV Link project final conference

STEP experts and partners, participating in the HNV Link project from Western Stara Planina Learing area attended the final conference of the project in Montpellier, France. More  than 130 experts, researchers, farmers, representatives of EU  and national institutions, NGOs, etc.,  discussed the challenges faced by the High Nature Value (HNV) farming and the need of joined actions and innovations for securing its continuation and future development.

The following policy recommendations for the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and its implementation were discussed during the conference: 

  • Integrating HNV farming in the CAP vision, objectives and Strategic pans, as a diversity of  farming systems irreplaceble for achieving EU biodiversity conservation objectives and UN Sustainable Development Goals;

  • Accompanying the definition of permanent grasslands/pastures with EU and National guidelines that ensure the full eligibility of all areas that are effectively grazed or produce fodder, whatever the vegetation type;

  • Improving CAP Pillar 1 to remove the historic system of rights and payments and its bias against extensive farming and better reward the provision of public goods by HNV farming (eco-schemes to support HNV system, semi-natural pastures, etc.);

  • Improving CAP Pillar 2, adjusting the overall budget balance in favour of Pillar 2 with explicit measures for locally-led HNV conservation projects and result-based incentive schemes  (overall budget, transfers between Pillar 1 and 2, climate/environment scheme, etc.);

  • Adjusting the Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (PMEF) to improve the characterisation and monitoring of HNV farming sytems/territories (assessment of the quality of HNV farmlands in addition to their extent) and the evaluation of  CAP measures, including an income indicator for HNV farms.

Policy recommendations for accompanying HNV farming at national, regional and local levels:

  • Strengthening appropriate Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS) across Europe to boost HNV farming innovation, including a facilitation and advisory role for NGOs;

  • Enhancing joined-up policies and insitutions for integrated  land management and sustainable development;

  • Improving land access/stewardship, management & monitoring, to support the installation of new HNV farmers, longer-term investments in HNV farming, more sustainable land planning, and  the assessment of environmental result/services;

  • Adjusting the implementation of animal health and welfare regulations (e.g. TB eradiction campaigns) to fit better HNV farming conditions;

  • Adjusting the implementation of food production, processing and marketing regulations, to support the creation of added-value and outlets for HNV farming products, including small-scale processing and direct sales.

Вяра Стефанова представя българския опит от района на знанието Западна Стара планина по време на панела за районите с висока природна стойност.
Vyara Stefanova shared the experience of the Bulgarian Learning area "Western Stara Planina".

Българската делегация на финалната конференция по проект HNV Link в Монпелие, Франция.

Bulgarian participants in the HNV Link final conference

Янка Казакова модерира втория панел на заинтересованите страни на европейско, национално и местно ниво на проект HNV Link.

Yanka Kazakova moderated the second panel with EU, national and local stakeholders of HNV Link project.

Мирослава Дикова представи възможностите и ограниченията при предлагането  на храни от системите с висока природна стойност в България.

Miroslava Dikova shared the opportunities and the challenges of marketing of HNV products in Bulgaria