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Integrated Tools to design and implement Agro Environmental Schemes

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 502070

  • Start date

    1 January 2004

  • End date

    31 March 2007

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 014 882

  • EU contribution

    € 1 930 000

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

Objective

This proposal is related to the design of optimal Agro Environmental Schemes (AESs). It emphasises a series of crucial issues among which, expected environmental impacts, transaction costs and institutional arrangements deserve an intensive research effort. AESs are designed, implemented, monitored and enforced according to heterogeneous patterns that reflect agricultural and environmental diversity as well as institutional differences across Europe. Both environmental effectiveness and economic efficiency are often questionable. A clear understanding of theses issues requires an integrated analysis of farmer's behaviour, institutional arrangements and environmental impacts. The first step of the project is a comprehensive comparison of case-study areas in order to link institutional and contractual arrangements with farmers' uptake and the total cost of AESs, including administrative costs. Indeed, AESs with the same targets are implemented in very different institutional settings and may lead to contrasted environmental and economic outcomes. A second step deals with the modelling and empirical analysis of farmer's behaviour according to different governance attributes of AESs, to explain the interactions between the type of contractual arrangement and the private transaction costs. Based on existing AESs, the simulation of alternative schemes would be carried out. A specific objective is to assess the role of the type of contract and eligibility rules on the provision of environmental goods in a given area. The final step addresses the integration of all available information in a common framework. Expert panel opinion, collected by the Delphi method, will complement the available data measuring AES environmental impacts. Multi criteria analyses will be applied in order to integrate multidisciplinary data, the final outcome being helpful for policy making at different levels including the local one'.

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

Address

Rue De L'Universite 147
Paris

France

Participants (8)

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

HUMBOLDT UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN

Germany

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Ireland

MTT AGRIFOOD RESEARCH FINLAND

Finland

RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS

Czechia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 502070

  • Start date

    1 January 2004

  • End date

    31 March 2007

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 014 882

  • EU contribution

    € 1 930 000

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France