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High nature value farmland

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Farming is often seen as a threat to biodiversity in Europe, but in fact certain types of farming are major benefactors of biodiversity. Traditional or extensive farmed landscapes can even be real biodiversity hotspots. Such areas or pockets are called "high nature value farmland".

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Agriculture: area under management practices potentially supporting biodiversity Agriculture: area under management practices potentially supporting biodiversity This indicator is based on three sub-indicators and shows trends in area (as proportion of the total utilised area) of three (not mutually exclusive) categories of agricultural land:  a. High nature value farmland area.  b. Area under organic farming.  c. Area under biodiversity supportive agri-environment schemes. a. 'High nature value farmland area' (ha) indicates the area where farming systems are sustaining a high level of biodiversity. They are often characterised by extensive farming practices, associated with a high species and habitat diversity or the presence of species of European conservation concern. b. 'Area under organic farming' (ha) indicates trends in the organic farming area and the share of the organic farming area in the total utilised agricultural area. Farming is only considered to be organic at EU level if it complies with Council Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91. c. 'Area under biodiversity supportive agri-environment schemes' (ha) indicates where farming systems are generally focusing on sustainability. For non-EU countries this information is not available. In theory, 'Budget for biodiversity supportive measures' could be used as a proxy indicator but this no longer indicates an 'area' as suggested by the Headline Indicator. The three sub indicators are adopted from the IRENA set of indicators (IRENA 26, 7 and 1 respectively). See . Note: This indicator comprises two elements: a quality parameter (distribution of high nature value farmland) and a response parameter (area under agri-environment and organic farming). Both are relevant for an assessment of environmental sustainability although they are not necessarily linked.

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