HNV Farming in the Area of the Radan Mountain and the Role of Agri-Environment Payments
Rural Areas and Development, 9(2012)
22 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2020
Date Written: 2012
EU CAP reform after 2013 envisages strengthening of agri-environment measures of support, tailored to local specificities, in particular HNV areas and Natura 2000 cites. Additional support would be directed to the development of local markets, promotion of quality local products (including organic) and regional development initiatives. Concept of high nature value farming (HNV farming) is interesting for Serbian agriculture, having in mind the vast areas of mountain pastures and meadows and numerous protected areas as well as the opportunity of using IPARD funds to pilot HNV farming support measures. The analysis of agricultural resources and biodiversity in the area of the Radan Mountain points out significant potentials for HNV farming, but also severe socio- economic and infrastructural constraints that lead to land abandonment and degradation of valuable natural resources. Agri-environment payments, in parallel with infrastructure and rural diversification support measures will contribute to economic viability of HNV farms and rural communities.
Keywords: High Nature Value Farming, Agri-Environment Payments, Sustainable Rural Development
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