Title: Environmental evaluation of agri-environment schemes using participatory approaches: Experiences of testing the Agri-Environmental Footprint Index
Authors: LOUWAGIE GeertruiMAUCHLINE Alice LMORTIMER Simon RPARK Julian RFINN John AHAYSOM KarenWESTBURY Duncan BPURVIS GordonNORTHEY GregPRIMDAHL JørgenVEJRE HenrikSØDERKVIST KRISTENSEN LoneVIND TEILMANN KasperVESTERAGER Jens PeterKASPERCZYKE NadiaBALÁZS KatalinPODMANICZKY LászlóVLAHOS GeorgeCHRISTOPOULOS StamatiosKRÖGER LauraAAKKULA JyrkiYLI-VIIKARI AnjaKIINICKEL Karlheinz
Citation: LAND USE POLICY vol. 29 no. 2 p. 317-328
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC64692
ISSN: 0264-8377
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264837711000706
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC64692
DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2011.07.002
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: The Agri-Environment Footprint Index (AFI) has been developed as a generic methodology to assess changes in the overall environmental impacts from agriculture at the farm level and to assist in the evaluation of European agri-environmental schemes (AES). The methodology is based on multicriteria analysis (MCA) and involves stakeholder participation to provide a locally customised evaluation based on weighted environmental indicators. The methodology was subjected to a validation and feasibility assessment in a series of case studies across the EU. The AFI approach was able to measure significant differences in environmental impact between farms that participated in an AES and non-participants. Wider environmental concerns, beyond the scheme objectives, were also considered in some case studies and the benefits for identification of unintentional (and often beneficial) impacts of AESs are presented. The participatory approach to AES evaluation proved efficient in different environments and political contexts. The approach proved to be appropriate for environmental evaluation of complex agri-environment systems and is available now to complement any evaluation conducted under the Common Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. The applicability of the AFI in routine monitoring of AES impacts and in providing feedback to improve policy design is discussed.
JRC Institute:Institute for Prospective Technological Studies

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