We are participating in the LIFE-IP project ‘Comprehensive management of forest and farming landscapes to improve the conservation status of Natura 2000 habitats and species’ (acronym ForEst&FarmLand) under the leadership of the Ministry of the Environment.
The aim of the ForEst&FarmLand project is to protect and restore traditional Estonian landscapes and ecosystems and improve the status of the species living there. A third of Estonia’s Natura 2000 areas are located on private land, a significant portion of which are covered by forest. Since economic activity is limited in the protected areas, private forest owners may apply for support to compensate for their loss of income. The current Natura 2000 private forest support scheme has become outdated and therefore one of the EIC’s project activities is to update it. The second action is developing support measures to improve the natural value of private forests.