CAP reform 2013: last chance to stop the decline of Europe's High Nature Value farming?

The European Forum for Nature Conservation and Pastoralism has recently produced a report 'CAP reform 2013: last chance to stop the decline of Europe's High Nature Value farming?'  This  report argues for the re-targetting CAP support in favour of farming types that are most valuable in terms of delivering public goods and are most in need of economic support to be viable - extensive hill farming using common land is one of these farming types.

They suggest that schemes to support these farming types (called High Nature Value Farming - HNV) would fit better into Pillar 1. In this way support to HNV farming would be delivered in a consistent and cost-efficient manner across the EU through direct payments.This should be additional to existing Pillar 2 agri-environment schemes which remain essential for delivering targeted biodiverity management.

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