Role of evaluation and EIP-AGRI to support and promote sustainable agricultural practices that enhance ecosystem services and conserve agro-biodiversity

Authors: Pille Koorberg*, Estonian Agricultural Research Centre
Topics: Europe, Environmental Science, Land Use
Keywords: EIP-AGRI, rural innovation, High Nature Value Farming, Agri-environment, policy evaluation
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Washington 4, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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There is a complex mix of policies and market-driven factors that influence the environmental performance of agriculture in Europe. The growth of interest in the effective evaluation of agricultural policies has been increasingly obvious amongst policy-makers and others for many years. There has been particular criticism of agri-environment measures (AEM) regarding their value for money and effectiveness in achieving biodiversity targets. At the same time, it is also clear that AEM present significant evaluation challenges including the fact that it is very difficult to disentangle the impact of specific AEM from all of the various policy driving forces acting upon the relationship between agriculture and the environment.

Innovation is widely acknowledged as a potential engine of sustainable rural development, underpinning agricultural productivity and food security whilst playing a vital role in creating jobs, generating income diversifying local economies as well as tackling challenges of climate change. The European Innovation Partnership for agricultural productivity and sustainability (EIP-AGRI) is a new way of helping the agricultural and forestry sectors to become more productive, sustainable and capable of tackling current challenges by promoting partnerships and linking people through different types of activities to support cooperation between research and innovation partners. High Nature Value (HNV) farming is in clear need of transition to a state of increased social and economic viability in order to ensure that it continues to deliver important biodiversity benefits through the maintenance of specific farming systems and management practices. EIP-AGRI has a great potential for supporting this transition.

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