Wood pasture in Hungary

Description of system

Wood pastures were once common in Hungary, but they are currently declining with a current area of about 5500 ha. Traditional herding occurs in some of the remaining wood pastures, but this practice is threatened. Increasing formal recognition of the cultural and ecological value of wood-pastures creates some new opportunities.

Initial stakeholder meeting

The stakeholder meeting on 29-30 August 2014 in Bács-Kiskun and Tolna Counties in Southern Hungary was attended by 17 stakeholders. The workshop also functioned as the first National Agroforestry Forum in Hungary. Many of the key challenges associated with wood pasture in Hungary are legal in nature, with the suggestion by one speaker that “agroforestry” represents a law-less state. Forest grazing is currently prohibited by Hungarian forest law. Even though the silvopastoral systems are a traditional land use type in Hungary, little is known of its socio-economic value or the opportunities for management. Farmer interest in silvopastoral systems is growing. Potential areas for research include the legal status of agroforestry, assessment of its cultural and economic value, and opportunities for improved management.

If you would like to know about the activity of this group, please contact Dr. Andrea Vityi (vityi.andrea@emk.nyme.hu).

Download the initial stakeholder report

Download the initial research and development protocol

Download the system description

A system description describing the wood pastures at Tűzkövesbörc and Bogyiszlói in Hungary was produced in November 2015.