Skip to main content

The Agri-environmental Footprint: Development of a common generic methodology for evaluating the effectiveness of European agri-environmental schemes.

Objective

AE-FOOTPRINT will investigate and develop a common methodology for the environmental evaluation of the level of achievement of common objectives across European Agri-Environmental Schemes (AESs) which can be customised for the evaluation of locally-specific AES objectives. The methodology centres on the struction of an Agri-environmental Footprint Index (AFI) that can be used to measure and compare environmental impact of AESs by aggregating the measurement of a selected range of agri-environmental indicators. A series of tasks will be ducted to support the development of the AFI. A desk-based review will identify agri-environmental objectives that are common, shared or unique across a representative selection of EU Member States; agri-environmental indicators will then be selected that correspond to these various objectives. sultations with national AES experts and stakeholders will allocate weighting factors to individual objectives; differences in weighting factors will therefore reflect the relative priority of national/regional- level objectives. In this way, customisation of the AFI can be achieved. sultation exercises will be an important opportunity to engage with and inform a variety of stakeholders, policymakers and implementation agencies. We will assess the availability and utility of existing information-gathering exercises and their data sets e.g. national and EU-wide farm surveys. A feasibility analysis of the AFI will identify and prioritise any information gaps, and sider the benefits of alternative methods of implementing the AFI. We will use available data for appropriate indictors to calculate AFI scores to measure and compare the environmental performance of AES- participating and non-participating farms. AE-FOOTPRINT will also explore the use of the AFI as a wider policy tool for the assessment of environmental impact of different farming systems.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SSP-3
See other projects for this call

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
Address
Whiteknights House, Whiteknights
217 Reading
United Kingdom

Participants (8)

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
Address
Belfield
Dublin
TEAGASC
Ireland
Address
Oak Park Research Centre
Carlow
INSTITUTE FUER LAENDLICHE STRUKTURFORSCHUNG AN DER JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT / INSTITUTE FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH
Germany
Address
Zeppelinallee 31
Frankfurt Am Main
THE ROYAL VETERINARY AND AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
Denmark
Address
Buelowsvej 17
Frederiksberg C
SZENT ISTVAN UNIVERSITY, INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT
Hungary
Address
Pater Karoly Ut 1-3.
Godollo
AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
Iera Odos 75
Athens
MTT AGRIFOOD RESEARCH FINLAND
Finland
Address

Jokioinen
UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN
Denmark
Address
Noerregade 10
Copenhagen K