Country Infos

Country Profile Manager:
Eneli Viik
Centre of Estonian Rural Research and Knowledge (METK)
Phone: +372 5269643

Value assessment activity in the seminatural grassland subsidy scheme




One part of the national seminatural grassland subsidy scheme is piloting the value assessment activity support, that started in 2023. In LIFE-IP ForEst&FarmLand project value assessment activity support is being tested and piloted. The implementation of value assessment activity support is organized by the Environmental Board. In case of carrying out the activity of value assessment, the managers evaluate the seminatural grassland condition using the guidelines developed by the University of Tartu.

It is a voluntary activity and paid additionally, if applying seminatural grassland subsidy.

Location of the scheme

whole country

Duration of the scheme

Since: 2023
Until: 2027

Objective(s) of the scheme / project

  • Biodiversity

The purpose of the activity is to raise managers awareness of the values and importance ​​of their land. This also increases managers ability to contribute the area's biodiversity. The managers and locals can also use the knowledge of the area's values, for example, in the development of nature tourism. Based on the results of the project, we will determine whether such a support system motivates landowners and managers and thus ensures the better condition of the meadows.

Which habitats or species are in the focus of the scheme / project?

  • Habitats (incl. habitats of Fauna-Flora-Habitat-Directive (FFH-D.))
  • Wetland
  • Others

Floodplain meadows (6450), coastal meadows (1630*), wet meadows (6410, 6430, 7230 and 7210*) dry meadows (6210, 6210*, 6270*, 6280*, 5130, 4030, 6510), wooded meadows (6530*) and pastures (9070).

Which indicators are used?

  • Species (incl FFH and BD)
  • Landscape Elements
  • Physical structures (e.g. dead wood, presence of brushwood, hollow trees, tall grass)

Positive and negative habitat characteristic species.

Design of scheme / project

  • Hybrid result based payment with complementary management based payments

By which fund(s) is the scheme / project implemented?

  • Other measures of Rural Development
  • LIFE

How are the incentives (payment levels) calculated?

  • Based on the costs of management actions

Is there a top up in case of reaching the goals?

  • No

How many hectares are in the scheme?

  • More than 5.000

How many farmers take part in the scheme?

  • 101 – 500

How are participating farmers supervised/advised?

  • Advisors visits (optional)
  • Advice by telephone
  • Information documents (pamphlets, reports, etc.)
  • Website
  • Information meetings/workshops (voluntary)

Are there any evaluation results?

  • No


Contact person

Annaliisa Kaaremaa (Kopli 76, Tallinn, Harjumaa; Estonian Environmental Board;; 372 5101635)