Providing Agri-environmental Public Goods through Collective Action
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Providing Agri-environmental Public Goods through Collective Action

This study analyses the promotion of collective action for agri-environmental public goods and addresses externalities by reviewing the experience of various OECD member countries. Twenty-five cases from
13 countries (Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) are examined. The study shows that collective action should be given serious consideration as a means of addressing many agricultural and natural resource issues, and in some cases collective action should be actively promoted.

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This chapter presents three German case studies: Landcare associations, co-operation in drinking water protection, and wetland restoration in the Eider Valley. Landcare associations are regional non-profit associations where farmers, local administrations, politicians and nature conservation experts work together with the aim to implement nature conservation and landcare measures. Co-operation between farmers, water suppliers and technical advisers in Lower Saxony is helping to solve maintenance problems and restoring high water quality. The wetland restoration project aims to restore wetlands in the Eider Valley by extensifying agricultural land use and deconstructing drainage systems, based on co-operative institutional organisations. Following a brief description of the case studies, the agri-environmental public goods provided by collective action, the roles of participants, the factors affecting collective action and the policy measures in support of collective action are discussed.

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