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EFNCP participates in the recently awarded HNV-LINK H2020 project

EFNCP’s work on High Nature Value farming is getting an important boost from a prestigious Horizon 2020 project called HNV LINK, which stands for High Nature Value Farming: Learning, Innovation and Knowledge. The Forum and three of its members (STEP, AScA and Entretantos) are among the partners that put together this 13-partner consortium, which grew out of the EIP Focus Group on HNV farming. With an overall budget of 2.2 M€, the project will start in March 2016 and last for three years.

The project network will be focusing on innovations that support HNV farming systems and communities by simultaneously improving their “socio-economic viability” and “environmental efficiency”. A set of “learning areas” will be used to evaluate innovation examples and innovation gaps, not only technical and commercial innovation but also social, institutional and policy innovation. There is also an ambitious dissemination plan for engaging farmers groups, researchers and other actors beyond the 10 learning areas.


Catte farmer from one of the learning areas of the HNV-LINK project

Catte farmer from one of the learning areas of the HNV-LINK project (the Burren, Ireland) guiding visitors during the 2015 EFNCP HNV Conference. Photo: Jabier Ruiz

The project will support grassroots activities (such as exchange visits), which are always highly demanded by practitioners on the ground. The project’s website and other communication channels will be established by mid-2016.

Follow the project as a whole on its website and learn more about the Dartmoor Learning Area. For detailed information, you can contact the HNV-LINK communication person – Irina Herzon ( or Guy Beaufoy from the Forum (

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Date: 2022/10/03
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