Sweden has a number of measures in order to achieve A Varied Agricultural Landscape. These measures include legislation, economic instruments and information. The main legislation dealing with biodiversity is the Environmental Code. In this Code Sweden has implemented the Habitat and Bird Directives of EU legislation. There is also a regulation stating that environment and cultural heritage is to be considered in agricultural practice. The Environmental Code also allows the protection of particularly valuable areas by the creation of nature reserves or national parks. There are national plans for this work, which give priority to meadows and semi-natural grazing lands of high value.
The most essential non-legislative means for reaching the objective are those presented in the Swedish rural development programme 2007 - 2013, in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 on support for rural development. The rural development programme includes payments for grazing of pastures, restoring of wetlands and management of historical assets in the farmed landscape, to mention but a few. The programme also finances information and education in order to preserve and enhance the management of biological, cultural and historical values.