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 schemewhole country
Duration of the schemeSince: 2023
Objective(s) of the scheme / project
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.))
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
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?
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.)
- Information meetings/workshops (voluntary)
Are there any evaluation results?
Annaliisa Kaaremaa (Kopli 76, Tallinn, Harjumaa; Estonian Environmental Board; Annaliisa.firstname.lastname@example.org; 372 5101635)