On 29 May 2013, Wales Environment Link (WEL) Land Use & Biodiversity group ran a joint workshop with the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) in Aberystwyth. A consortium of interested organisations and Welsh Government officials were invited to start a dialogue to define – What does HNV farming mean for Wales and how can we ensure the long-term viability of these farming systems to support biodiversity?
To set the scene RSPB, Natural Resources Wales, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) & IBERS gave short presentations to introduce the concept of HNV farming, look at some of the problems associated with identifying and monitoring these areas using case studies, how this fits into the Glastir Monitoring and Evaluation programme and highlight the challenges many livestock farmers are facing in Wales. This was followed by some interesting group discussions, allowing participants the opportunity to share understanding, experiences, and explore ideas. Download the notes from this workshop WEL HNV Workshop notes (May 2013).
The four presentations can be found below: