Educational Materials

  • HNV-Link Deliverable D3.18

    Package of educational materials on High Value Nature Farming

    (This is a submitted draft, not yet approved by the funding body)

This educational package on the topic of High Nature Value farmland is intended to encourage educators in vocational and higher education to work with this multifaceted topic. Such farmlands have many values – outstanding and unique natural diversity, cultural heritage and identity of regions, unique and high quality products, employment in marginalized regions, local production with minimal environmental impact – but most of these belong to public goods that are not supported by market systems. Many HNV farmland regions undergo abandonment or transformation into intensive production systems. The challenge is to improve the social and economic sustainability of HNV farming without losing the HNV characteristics. For this, HNV farmland needs to find its place in education and advisory services as part of the overall sustainability challenge.

All resources in the package are Open Source materials under CC BY-NC-SA. You may freely use, for non-commercial purposes only, any elements or as a whole, also modifying as fit, as long as you cite the project, its funding and the respective authors. Observe copyrights for images: all images are by HNV-Link unless otherwise specified.

The output citation format is as follows: Santos, J. and Alejano, R. 2018. The dehesa agroforestry system in the Iberian Peninsula. In: I. Herzon (ed.) Package of educational materials on High Nature Value farmland topic. Deliverable D.3.18. of HNV-Link project, Grant agreement No. 696391, University of Helsinki.

This output represents the views of the authors. The Research Executive Agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

  • Presentation slide set High Nature Value farmland Overview: pptx and pdf
  • Presentation slide set High Nature Value farmland across Europe
  • Presentation slide set High Nature Value farmland Role for Innovation: pptx and pdf
  • Presentation slide set on The dehesa agroforestry system in the Iberian Peninsula (Juan Santos & Reyes Alejano): pptx and pdf
  • Presentation slide set on Impact of abandonment on High Nature Value pastures of Sardinia (Emmanuele Farris): pptx and pdf
  • Presentation slide set on Flood meadows of Angers, France (Joséphine Pithon-Rivallain): pptx and pdf
  • Presentation slide set on Training for farmers about management of semi-natural grasslands in Latvia (Solvita Rūsiņa): pptx and pdf
  • A set of ten assignments for class and field/farm work: pdf and docx
  • A database of resources on High Nature Value farmland: online resources and publications: xlsx spreadsheet

Dr Irina Herzon is an agroecology lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Sciences of University of Helsinki, Finland. She holds a university pedagogy diploma and has 20 years of experience in higher education in Finland and internationally. Her main teaching areas are ecology, biodiversity in farmland, ecosystem services, nature management on farms. In her teaching, Dr Herzon implements many interactive student-centered methods with hands-on tasks and project-based assignments.

Dr Traci Birge has a degree in agroecology from University of Helsinki, where her research focuses on farm-level decision-making for high nature value farmland and biodiversity conservation targets. She has taught courses in restoration and management of cultural landscapes, and lectured on topics of ecosystem services and international conventions for environmental protection.

Dr Joséphine Pithon is a lecturer in ecology at the Ecole supérieure d’Agricultures d’Angers, France. She teaches fundamental ecology, applied and conservation ecology to students of agriculture or environment at higher level. She has led courses in general environmental science, ecoagriculture and landscape ecology. Over the past ten years, she has been involved in several national and regional projects, involving farmers, advisors and scientists, aiming to develop tools for the assessment and management of biodiversity at farm scale.

Dr Solvita Rūsiņa holds a position of associate professor at the University of Latvia, Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences. She holds a geography diploma and has 17 years of experience in higher education in Latvia. Her scientific interests are semi-natural grassland vegetation ecology, management and restoration. She has a diverse experience in teaching of university courses in biogeography and biodiversity conservation, as well as in teaching of field courses in semi-natural grassland habitat identification and management for habitat experts and for farmers.

Dr Marjaana Toivonen is a post-doc researcher at Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki. Her current research focuses on pollination services and on-farm practices of enhancing native pollinators. She has diverse experience in teaching in-class and in-field activities of university courses, as well as popularising science.

Prof Tomas Roslin currently works at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. His research expertise ranges from functions of dung beetles in farmland to food-webs in the High Arctic. He developed numerous courses in ecology, conservation biology, agroecology and meta-population biology and is active in popularising science.

Dr Guillaume Pain is a lecturer in landscape ecology at the Ecole supérieure d’Agricultures d’Angers, France. He has extensive experience of teaching at higher level and has been responsible for the creation and coordination of Masters courses in agroecology, GIS, landscape ecology and ecological planning. He is interested in applying landscape ecology to the management of biodiversity in rural and agricultural landscapes and has been scientific coordinator of two major interdisciplinary projects focusing on the links between agriculture, biodiversity and public policy.

Dr Emmanuele Farris is an environmental botanist in the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy of University of Sassari, Italy. He holds a Master degree in Vegetation Science and a PhD in Analysis and Management of Natural Ecosystems, and has 20 years of experience in research and higher education in Italy and internationally. His main teaching areas are botany, plant ecology, landscape ecology and biodiversity conservation in human shaped ecosystems.

Dr. Reyes Alejano is a lecturer in Agroforestry Engineering in the Department of Agroforestry Sciences at University of Huelva, Spain. She teaches at undergraduate and master levels on Silviculture as well as Cooperation to development related to forestry. Her research focuses on Mediterranean forests and agroforestry systems and on Dendrochronology. She has a broad international academic experience, she holds at present the office of Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International Programmes at the University of Huelva

Dr. Juan M. Domingo-Santos is a lecturer in Environmental Science and Technology in the Department of Agroforestry Sciences at University of Huelva, Spain. He teaches at undergraduate and master levels on management of protected areas and forests, and on land use policy and management. His research focuses on Soil science, Forest ecology, and Forest economics - all related to Mediterranean forests and agroforestry systems. He has long experience promoting contacts between the professional sector and students in field activities and training.