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Conserving HNV Grasslands in Southern Transylvania
EAFRD support provided to a family farm by the Romanian RDP’s High Nature Value (HNV) agri-environment scheme.
The Bangala’s family farm covers around 20 hectares of hay meadows and 80 hectares of grasslands surrounding their sheep and cattle farm. They also graze livestock on 250 hectares of uplands during the summer. Traditional agricultural ways practiced by the family include manual and other non-intensive methods for growing, cutting and storing hay. Flora and fauna thrive in such conditions because they are not threatened by heavy machinery, chemical inputs or habitat loss.
Farm meadows and pastures in Brasov County like the Bangala’s are considered to be some of the most biodiversity rich in Europe. They are eligible for the High Nature Value (HNV) agri-environment scheme provided through Romania’s RDP, which aims to maintain and enhance the grasslands’ HNV characteristics. EAFRD payments are conditional on the farmers carrying out pre-determined environmentally benign agri-approaches over a five year period.
A five year environmental management plan commits the farmer to avoid using chemical fertilisers on grasslands. Ploughing, rolling and reseeding of pastures are not possible under the agri-environment contract. Only natural, traditional organic fertiliser is applied and this never exceeds 30 kg/ha of nitrogen. Mowing is controlled and managed to reduce risks to insects, birds, flowers, animals and other species during sensitive times such as breeding, nesting, or pollination periods.
Results & Benefits
An agri-environment payment of €124/ha is provided and whilst another €58/ha is received annually for the hand mowing and turning of hay. In total, the Bangala family receives €3 276 of agri-environment support per year. Most of this is spent on employing an additional 7 local people for hay-making and shepherd duties. The maintenance of traditional farming practices has added value. It underpins their diversification into rural tourism and their production of traditional meat and dairy products
Agri-environment payments offer important foundations for the principles of sustainable rural development. Many thousands of land managers throughout rural Europe combine agri-environmental commitments with rural tourism businesses and/or other developments like the production of local products.
Project location and other information
Fundata, Brasov County
Total project cost (€)
Mrs Daniela Bangala
Languages for contact
At a glance
Final beneficiary type
< €20 000
Theme / Measure:
Environment and Sustainable Resource Management
Sustainable use of agricultural land
214. Agri-environment payments
Agri-environment, Agri-tourism, Grasslands, Employment, Nature conservation