HNV-LINK H2020 project

IT Sligo participation in the recently awarded HNV-LINK H2020 project

Work of IT Sligo on High Nature Value farming is getting an important boost from a prestigious Horizon 2020 project called HNV-Link, which stands for High Nature Value Farming: Learning, Innovation and Knowledge. This is a 13-partner consortium, which grew out of the EIP Focus Group on HNV farming. With an overall budget of 2.2 M€, the project started in April 2016 and will last for three years.

Peer learning   Water harvesting on remote areas

IT Sligo will work closely with the Irish partner Burrenbeo Trust.  The partnership is part of an international network focusing on innovations that support HNV farming systems and communities by simultaneously improving their “socio-economic viability” and “environmental efficiency”. A set of “learning areas” – including the Burren as well as many other iconic landscapes across Europe – will be used to evaluate innovation examples and innovation gaps, not only technical and commercial innovation but also social, institutional and policy innovation. There is also an ambitious dissemination plan for engaging farmer groups, researchers and other actors beyond the 10 learning areas.  

The project will support grassroots activities (such as exchange visits), which are always highly demanded by practitioners on the ground. Among the major outputs is an atlas of innovations feasible within HNV farming areas. The project will also host an “Innovation Fair” to foster peer learning. Finally, HNV-Link will identify existing educational material and expose educators and students alike to HNV concepts, challenges and opportunities. The project’s website and other communication channels will be established by mid-2016.

Burren Landscape

If you want to get an update and follow the project, you can contact the HNV-Link communication person – Irina Herzon ( (in English) or a national contact person Dr. James Moran at IT Sligo or Burren contact point Brigid Barry

HNV-Link Coordinator:

Institut Agronomique Mediterrannéen de Montpellier (CIHEAM-IAMM) – France


HNV-Link LINK Partners:


European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism (EFNCP) – United Kingdom

University of Evora, Instituto de Ciências Agrárias e Ambientais Mediterrânicas – Portugal

University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj Napoca – Romania

Society for Territorial and Environmental Prosperity (STEP) – Bulgaria

County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland – Sweden

Application des Sciences de l‘Action (AScA) – France

Institute of Technology Sligo, Centre for Environmental Research Innovation and Sustainability – Ireland

University of Thessaly, Department of planning and regional development – Greece

University of Helsinki. Department of Agricultural Sciences – Finland

Local action group LAG 5 – Croatia

Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturels Languedoc-Roussillon – France

Fundación Entretantos – Spain

2019/20 Fulltime Prospectus IT Sligo