CAP Reform post-2013: An Opportunity to Support High Nature Value Farming Systems in Scotland?

This SAC Rural Policy Centre Briefing briefing discusses recent work to assess HNV farming systems in Scotland and to explore the use of different payment mechanisms to direct more funding to HNV farming systems in future. Approximately 40% of Scotland's Utilised Agricultural Area (2,284,000 ha) was estimated to be under High Nature Value (HNV) farming systems in 2009. This proportion has been in decline in recent years, probably due to the retreat of farming from Scotland's hills. No specific mention of HNV farming systems was made in the European Commission's recent proposals for the CAP after 2013 (October 2011) but the proposals do provide potential opportunities for some additional funding to be directed to HNV farming systems. However, if HNV systems are not highlighted as a priority by the Commission, what will encourage Member States to do this? Full details available here.

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11 Oct 2011


Scottish Agricultural College