The objectives of the concerted action are to establish a network of
researchers throughout the EU to define and agree protocols for describing and characterising livestock production systems across the EU so that the impacts of changes in policy on the livestock industries and on the rural economy can be quantified on a regional basis. The project will a) identify the needs of policy research in evaluating the impact of policy, b) identify sources and types of data needed to construct a spatially explicit regional description of livestock systems, c) devise a protocol and methodology for describing the regional variation in livestock systems, d) promote interaction between researchers from a range of disciplines including policy researchers, animal scientists, socio-economists and geographers and a) promote dialogue between policy makers and researchers. Some progress has been made in developing spatially explicit descriptions of arable farming systems, but no attempt has been made to do so for livestock systems across the EU, although several national initiatives are emerging and it is timely to initiate a concerted action to ensure coordination of these activities. Four sub-groups of researchers (each with approximately 10 members) will be set up, each led by an experienced researcher and under the general direction of the coordinator. The sub-groups will a) identify policy research requirements, b) devise a protocol and methodologies and identify data needed for the future@development of spatially explicit models to assess the effects of policy on livestock systems, c) identify indigenous expert knowledge of livestock systems and d) identify the economic and socioeconomic factors which determine the economic fragility or robustness of livestock.systems. This will be achieved by holding a series of workshops to which policy makers and also researchers not directly involved in the concerted action will be invited by establishing electronic bulletin boards. Reports of the findings and conclusions of the workshops will be published and distributed.
Funding SchemeCON - Coordination of research actions
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