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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.

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Evaluation of agri-environmental measures in Flanders, Belgium

Flemish rural development policy aims at improving the competitiveness of agriculture while enhancing the environment and the countryside by supporting land management. The quality of life in rural areas is encouraged by diversification of economic activities. The chapter focuses on the evaluation of the environmental effects of two types of rural development measures. First, the environmental effects of farm investment support measures targeting farm modernisation and diversification into non-agricultural activities were assessed. Second, the impacts of agri-environmental measures on farmland bird populations (numbers, species diversity and breeding) were measured based on two separate monitoring initiatives. Results of both evaluations are reported.

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