Agroforestry in Hungary

Hungary is the only country in Central Europe to implement the EU Measure 222 (First Establishment of Agroforestry on Agricultural Land). In the summary of implementation of forestry measures in national and regional Rural Development plans (here) the objectives, actions and targets in Hungary are noted as:

Objectives: The measure will contribute to the objectives of establishing a new land use system by combining extensive agricultural and forestry systems with a view to maintaining a sustainable land management and facilitate protection of soils against erosion.

Actions: establishment of agro-forestry systems for grazing purposes to be maintained for a minimum period of 5 years (support only for the establishment of tree elements), maximum density 250 trees/ha.

Targets: 3 000 ha new agroforestry system involving 300 beneficiaries.

Anyone from Hungary reading this is invited to ´Register´ in this website (left column) and submit more information on how this scheme is being implemented.