Agriculture  |  Publications  |  21.06.2011

Reflecting environmental land use need into EU policy: preserving and enhancing the environmental benefits of unfarmed features on EU farmland

A detailed study by the Institute for European Environmental Policy on farmland features and the policy framework for their protection.

This report provides a rationale for affording greater protection to Europe’s stock of farmland features in the future. It examines the distribution and density of features that exist across Europe’s agricultural landscapes, assesses the environmental benefits they confer and the pressures they are under, and reviews the measures currently providing a level of protection. The study, conducted between October 2007 and September 2008, is based on eight detailed case studies, an analysis of national databases on features, field visits, GIS analysis and an extensive literature review.

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