Evaluation of Agri-environmental Policies

Selected Methodological Issues and Case Studies

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Governments are increasingly aware of the importance of monitoring and evaluating their policies − including agri-environmental policies − and are devoting efforts to strengthening their monitoring and evaluation systems and capacities. They aim to improve their performance by establishing evidence-based policy-making, evidence-based management and evidence-based accountability, which will help to improve the design and implementation of policies. Have agri-environmental and agricultural policies, including cross-compliance  and environmental regulations, succeeded in meeting environmental objectives for agriculture in OECD countries (and selected non-OECD countries)? What is the role for governments to encourage farmers to deliver environmental public goods? The report includes a selection papers presented at the OECD Workshop on Evaluation of Agri-environmental Policies, held 20-22 June 2011 in Braunschweig, Germany.



Cost effectiveness of CAP greening measures: An ex ante evaluation in Italy

A new policy tool that creates a market for ecosystem services provided by agriculture is analysed, and compared with mandatory requirements targeting the provision of these services. We quantify the potential regional supply curve of ecosystem services, using as a proxy the amount of carbon that could be sequestered by permanent grassland. A minimum data approach is used to integrate the spatial heterogeneity of the agro-systems with economic data collected through FADN in a case study area (Veneto, Italy). Results suggest that tradable permits (floor and trade) could be more efficient than policy based on direct payments or mandatory standards, although the largest provision of ecosystem service (carbon sequestered) is achieved with mandatory mechanism.


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