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.
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Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
Frankfurt Am Main