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European Learning Network on
Functional AgroBiodiversity

High Nature Value (HNV) Agri-environment Project for Serbia

Category:  Policy
Country:  Serbia
Contact person:
For further information contact Mark Redman (Team Leader) at redman.consultancy@gmail.com or Tomasz Pezold (National Co-ordinator) at tomasz.pezold@iucn.org.

Tomasz Pezold
Ecosystems Project Officer
Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe
IUCN
Dr. Ivana Ribara 91
11070 Belgrade
Serbia
Tel.: +381 11 2272 411
Fax: +381 11 2272 531
Mob:+381 633 57 837
Email: tomasz.pezold@iucn.org
www.iucn.org
 

Overview:
The project promoting the development of agri-environment support schemes for the conservation of High Nature Value (HNV) farming in Serbia has entered its second and final phase of implementation.  The two year project is funded under the Dutch BBI-MATRA programme and implemented jointly by IUCN Programme Office for South Eastern Europe and Natura Balkanika with support from the Dutch NGO Avalon and the Institute for European Environmental Policy in London.

Aims:
The HNV farming concept is highly relevant to biodiversity conservation in Serbia, both inside and outside of protected areas.  The project aims to raise awareness amongst policy-makers and other key 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 identifying the characteristics of these farming systems, as well as their likely distribution in Serbia.  More detailed studies were undertaken 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.

Partners:
The project is implemented jointly by IUCN Programme Office for South Eastern Europe and Natura Balkanika with support from the Dutch NGO Avalon and the Institute for European Environmental Policy in London.

Outputs:
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, as well as complementing existing rural development programmes and projects.
 

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