Trends in High Nature Value #farmland studies

A systematic review

Since the #HighNatureValue (HNV) concept was defined in the early 1990s, studies on HNV farmland has been increasing over the past 30 years in Europe, highlighting the interest by scientific community of HNV farming systems supporting biodiversity conservation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the trends and main gaps on HNV farmland peer-reviewed publications in order to contribute to the effectiveness of future research in this field

Author conducted searches using the databases Web of SciencesTM and Scopus in order to identify only peer-reviewed articles on HNV farmland, published prior to July 2017. The inclusion and exclusion criteria were developed a priori. Data as year, country, type of document, subject area, taxa studied and biodiversity metrics assessed were extracted and explored in order to analyse the spatial and temporal distribution of the concept, including the main topics addressed in HNV farmland literature.

Benedetti, Y. (2017). Trends in High Nature Value farmland studies: A systematic review. European Journal of Ecology, 3(2), pp. 19-32. doi:10.1515/eje-2017-0012

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Most #peerreviewʻed articles focused on #HNV farming were conducted in Spain, Italy, Ireland and Portugal. The main studied taxa were plants and birds. A positive correlation was found between HNV farmland area and HNV farmland studies conducted in respective countries.
The HNV farmland research subject is a relative novel approach, and this systematic review provides a comprehensive overview about the main topics in the HNV farmland peer-reviewed literature.

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