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 no highlighted as a
priority by the Commission, what will encourage Member States to do this?
This 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.
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CAP Reform post-2013: An Opportunity to Support High Nature Value Farming Systems in Scotland?