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Identifying the Distribution and Extent of Agricultural Land of High Nature Value

High Nature Value farmland is typically extensive or low intensity farming frequently associated with high biodiversity as well as supporting a range of wildlife habitats. EU Member States are required to identify areas with HNV farming practices and support them through Rural Development Programmes.

The Ideal-HNV project aims to describe High Nature Value farming systems in the Irish context and to identify those areas likely to contain HNV farmland. This project aims to:

  • Estimate the national distribution and extent of potential HNV farmland in Ireland. This will be largely accomplished through indicator-based probability assessments based on existing national-scale datasets.
  • Examine the use of remote sensing methods to identify HNV areas at the farm scale. This is a novel application of remote sensing to test its utility in identifying HNV and non-HNV farming systems in a case study area.
  • Develop bottom-up decision-support tools to assist field- and farm-scale identification of HNV farmland. This work will develop a farm-scale decision support tool to guide on-farm assessment of HNV status and produce user-friendly support (e.g.mobile apps, online resources). It will also define and explain priority characteristics of, and threats to, selected case study areas of HNV farming systems.
  • Profile the socio-economic characteristics of HNV farming systems in Ireland.

See also the project website: http://idealhnv.wordpress.com

For further information, contact Dr John Finn, john.finn(at)teagasc.ie

Funding and duration

This project is made possible by an award from the DAFM, Research Stimulus Fund (RSF 11/S/108)