Coordination of cultivation competition

Coordination of cultivation competition
A particular commitment to nature and species conservation and the preservation of cultural landscapes can be rewarded through competitions. © Hermann/ pixelio.de

Involved sectors

Agriculture, Forestry, Tourism and leisure, Nature protection, Local population/citizens, Public relations and environmental education

Affected habitats

Forest, Bogs and fens, wetlands, Grassland, Arable land

Description

A particular commitment to nature and species conservation and the preservation of valuable regional cultural landscapes, also within the framework of biotope network initiatives, can be rewarded through competitions. At the same time, the public can be informed about farmers’ commitment, thus increasing the acceptance of biotope networking measures. In this way, the services provided by agriculture for the preservation of the cultural landscape or networks of interlinked biotopes can be rewarded, while raising awareness of measures adopted within the framework of regional cultural landscape programmes. For farmers, the provision of public information and the ensuing recognition of their work create incentives to manage their areas in a manner conducive to biotope connectivity.

Impact

Ecological impact  
Improvement or preservation of habitats Competitions can offer incentives for habitat improvement, thus creating habitats for rare species of animal and plant (e.g. extensive grassland).
Element of ecological network Appropriate competition design facilitates a focus on aspects of ecological connectivity.
Other Overall concepts (e.g. for a local biotope network) can be planned and implemented as part of a competition.
Time of realisation for measure Months: The impact depends on the focus of the competition but manageable time frames should be aimed for.
Impact scope Local (municipality): The impact can be enhanced with comprehensive planning and embedding in an overall concept.

Implementation

Implementation period Weeks: Competitions can be implemented within very short periods of time.
Frequency Non-recurring, Recurring: Can be a single or annual action.

Economic and legal aspects

Costs Low (1'000-10'000 EUR): Costs are associated with the prizes awarded, the inspection of sites, PR work, and organisation. Depending on size, at least € 2000 will be required.
Socio-economic impacts Low: If marketed appropriately, competitions can serve to attract tourists.
Sources of financing Private sponsor, Public: local, Public: regional

Further information

Evaluation In the Eifel, Germany, a meadow management competition took place in 2007 in which dry, fertilised and wet meadows were scored according to nature conservation criteria, management method, status from an agricultural perspective, and the farmer's publicity work.
Information Germany: e.g. http://www.wiesenmeisterschaft.de/

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