Title: Common Criteria for the Redefinition of Intermediate Less Favoured Areas in the European Union
Authors: ELIASSON AaseJONES R.j.a.NACHTERGAELE FROSSITER D.g.TERRES JeanVAN ORSHOVEN J.VAN VELTHUIZEN H.BOETTCHER K.HAASTRUP PalleLE BAS C.
Citation: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY vol. 13 no. 8 p. 766-777
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC60862
ISSN: 1462-9011
URI: www.elsevier.com/locate/envsci
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC60862
DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2010.08.003
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: This article defines eight key climate, soil and terrain criteria that have been developed for the future delimitation of the Intermediate Less Favoured Areas (LFAs) support, a measure of the Common Agricultural Policy. The LFA scheme has existed since 1975 and is abroad mechanism for improving the viability of agriculture in areas with natural handicaps. The common criteria have been developed for the European Commission¿s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development to satisfy the objectives in the Rural Development Policy 2007¿2013 (AxisII), which aim to improve the environment and the country sideby more sustainable landmanagement. The criteria were developed by experts, coordinated by the European Commissions Joint Research Centre, to meet the requirement for a robust and harmonised approach of identifying areas that experience natural constraints to agriculturethroughout the EU27 Member States. The criteria proposed are: temperature, heatstress, drainage, soil texture and stoniness, soil rooting depth, soil chemical properties, soil moisture balance and slope. Each criterion is described and an indicative threshold for assessment of its impact on agriculture is provided. The criteria are currently being tested by the EU Member States for a future possible legislation.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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