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Micro-economic instruments for impact assessment of multifunctional agriculture to implement the Model of European Agriculture

Micro-economic instruments for impact assessment of multifunctional agriculture to implement the Model of European Agriculture

Objective

Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform aims at higher international trade compatibility and better targeting of social, environmental and consumer concerns to ensure the sustainable development of EU agriculture. To optimise the effectiveness and efficiency of CAP reform options towards multifunctionality implementations, tools are required to assess agricultural impacts on the multiple functions of European landscapes. The EU's Model of European Agriculture (MEA) has a multifunctional perspective but policy makers lack multifunctionality impact assessment tools. The proposed project develops such a tool, MEA-Scope, that will close the gap between pure ecological or social process models and sectoral macro-econometric or equilibrium models. To ensure compatibility with the MEA, an MEA-specific interpretation of multifunctionality will be devised. MEA-Scope will be spatially explicit and will perform impact assessments of agricultural land use at two scales: farm and landscape. This will be achieved by link three existing micro-economic models that simulate different aspects of farm structure, economics and environmental impact, so enabling joint- production to be predicted. Appropriate scope and detail will be ensured by simultaneous analyses of the regional demands for multiple landscape functions and of end user information needs. MEA-Scope will describe, analyse and evaluate the multifunctionality of agricultural production under a multitude of environmental, social and economic conditions. MEA-Scope will here be applied to one exemplary farming system (beef production) for 8 European landscapes including both, agriculturally benign and marginal land in accession countries and EU member states. Beef production is chosen because it is among the most adaptable systems with respect to (i) natural conditions and (ii) societal demands on land use functions. This will proof the MEA-Scope's capacity to assess joint production in different regions.

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Coordinator

LEIBNIZ-ZENTRUM FUER AGRARLANDSCHAFTS- UND LANDNUTZUNGSFORSCHUNG E.V.

Address

Eberswalder Str. 84
Muencheberg

Germany

Administrative Contact

Katharina HELMING (Dr)

Participants (11)

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INSTITUT FUER AGRARENTWICKUNG IN MITTEL- UND OSTEUROPA/INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

Germany

FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU

Switzerland

EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR NATURE CONSERVATION

Netherlands

DANMARKS JORDBRUGSFORSKNING

Denmark

SZENT ISTVAN EGYETEM

Hungary

RESEARCH CENTRE OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST ENVIRONMENT - POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Poland

VYSKUMNY USTAV PODOZNALECTVA A OCHRANY PODY/SOIL SCIENCE AND CONSERVATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Slovakia

CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GENIE RURAL, DES EAUX ET DES FORETS

France

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF AARHUS

Denmark

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 501516

  • Start date

    1 May 2004

  • End date

    31 October 2007

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 123 290

  • EU contribution

    € 2 113 623

Coordinated by:

LEIBNIZ-ZENTRUM FUER AGRARLANDSCHAFTS- UND LANDNUTZUNGSFORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany