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EFNCP news: Winter 2015-2016

The European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism brings together ecologists,
nature conservationists, farmers and policy makers. This non-profit network exists to increase understanding of the nature-conservation and cultural value of certain farming systems,
and to inform work on their maintenance.

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Working with the Spanish Network of Farmhouse / Artisan Cheese Makers

The collaboration between QueRed and EFNCP within the Life-NGO 2015 programme has made it possible to carry out a wide range of essential activities for the rescue and development of small cheese farms in Spain, many of them linked to the viability of HNV farming.
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EFNCP participates in the recently awarded HNV-LINK project

EFNCP’s work on HNV farming is getting an important boost from a prestigious Horizon 2020 project called HNV LINK, which stands for High Nature Value Farming: Learning, Innovation and Knowledge. The project network will be focusing on innovations that support HNV farming systems and communities by simultaneously improving their “socio-economic viability” and “environmental efficiency”.
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EFNCP leads results-based agri- environment pilot scheme project

Funded by EU's DG-Environment, this 3.5-year project is being developed in Ireland and Spain to test a different approach to agri-environment schemes: paying not for actions but for concrete results on the ground (e.g. vegetation structure, presence of indicator species).
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Spanish pastoral farmers threatened by strict controls from EC auditors

EFNCP sent a letter signed by 60 Spanish organisations to the European Commission complaining that thousands of Spanish farmers who traditionally graze their animals on pastures with trees and shrubs are faced with seeing their rights to direct payments on this land reduced or eliminated altogether, as a result of the system of rules being introduced under the new CAP.
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Sharing experience and good practices for the sustainable use of Alpine grasslands in Natura 2000 sites

A study tour to Austria was organised by EFNCP-member STEP for Bulgarian farmers from Godech, representatives of Godech municipality and of the Local action group "Berkovitza-Godech". Funded by Arkleton Trust, this exchange of information, knowledge and experience took place on farms, pastures and experimental fields of Austrian research institutes and technical schools.
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EFNCP Events
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EFNCP 2015 Conference: Supporting High Nature Value farming in Europe

Co-organised by EFNCP-member Burrenbeo and set in one of Ireland's greatest 'HNV' landscapes, the Burren, this conference heard from farmers from diverse landscapes across Europe, as well as from a range of speakers on how such farmers can be supported - through better policy, research, funding, innovation, empowerment and networking. ( READ MORE)

European Parliament Policy Seminar on CAP and Wood Pastures

Hosted by three MEPs, this seminar held in Brussels on 17th November presented case studies and discussed the effects of European policy on these treasures of the landscape, recommending policy changes to ensure their active management and conservation.
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Exploring our Common Ground: a networking event on common grazing in Europe

Awareness-raising about commons and networking and mutual support activity between common graziers and those organisations supporting them are both essential and urgent. This first networking meeting in Brussels, held in November 2015, was co-organised by EFNCP.
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Symposium and Round Table at Ecology Conference in Rome

EFNCP co-organised an academic symposium named High Nature Value farmland: towards more effective conservation and monitoring of biodiversity across European landscapes . Presentations were given by 8 speakers, who shared results and experiences from 5 EU Member States (Scotland, Portugal, France, Germany, and Ireland).
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