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LIFE IP Natureman

- the farmer as a manager of nature

Project description

Through LIFE projects, the EU provides support to implement commitments that Denmark has in the environment and climate areas, including safeguarding of nature in the Natura 2000 sites. Natura 2000 is a network of valuable habitats in the EU. The areas must be preserved and protect a variety of rare and endangered habitats, wild birds, plant and animal species. LIFE IP Natureman is an integrated LIFE project. The integrated projects require a holistic approach that creates coherence with the EU Water Framework Directive, climate strategy and regional development.

Why LIFE IP Natureman?

Rare and endangered semi-natural in river valleys is lost if the areas are not grassed or cared for. Often nature conservation is expensive and difficult, and today many habitats are overgrown.

The farmer as a manager of nature

LIFE IP Natureman will focus on preserving and protecting alcaline fens, petrifying springs and grassland in 11 Natura 2000 sites in Himmerland and Midtjylland.

We will do this by purposefully working to make it economically interesting for agriculture to have natural areas with grazing or harvesting of biomass in the operation, thereby nature management a sound branch of tarmimg. It is voluntary for the individual farmer to participate in the project.

Lateral collaboration

Handling challenges in nature conservation requires holistic solutions that make it necessary to collaborate across disciplines and organizations.

The initiatives in the project therefore are determined in close cooperation between the Ministry of the Environment and Food, 8 municipalities and the farming organizations.

Efforts

Specifically, the project will work to create larger, cohesive areas that are more profitable to care for.
Farmers, agricultural consultants and municipal employees will be offered education in nature conservation as a business branch. Support schemes focusing on nature values ​​are tested and aids are developed for animal husbandry in nature areas.
The project will also support the development of new technology such as drones or electronic ear tags that will facilitate the supervision of grazing animals, as well as the development of machines that can harvest biomass on natural areas in a gentle manner. In addition, the possibilities for marketing and branding meat and other local products from natural areas must be investigated.
The project's efforts must be organized in such a way that they best support growth and development in rural areas.

Experience must be published

The experience and the tools developed in the project must be published through networks for landowners and farmers with animals and in the long term also be used in other natural areas.

Projektet omfatter 11 Natura 2000-områder i 8 kommuner:

15: Nibe Bredning, Halkær Ådal og Sønderup Ådal

18: Rold Skov, Lindenborg Ådal og Madum Sø

22: Kielstrup Sø

30: Lovns Bredning, Hjarbæk Fjord og Skals Ådal

32: Sønder Lem Vig og Geddal Strandenge

33: Tjele Langsø og Vinge Møllebæk

37: Rosborg Sø

38: Bredsgård Sø

39: Mønsted og Daugbjerg Kalkgruber og Mønsted Ådal

222: Villestrup Ådal

223: Kastbjerg Ådal

LIFE IP Natureman economy

The project

will run

2018 - 2025

EU LIFE

Program

 78 mill. DK.kr

Private funds: 

Aage V. Jensen og

15. Juni Fonden

 11 mill. DK.kr.
8 Kommuner   8 mill. DK.kr.

Statens

Naturpakke

 33 mill. DK.kr.
Total budget 130 mill DK.kr.

 

Complementary actions like research and development projects that supports the efforts in the project will be launched with additional funding.