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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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Introduction

The thirteen chapters in this volume are a selection of the contributions presented at the OECD Workshop on “Evaluation of Agri-Environmental Policies” hosted by the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Braunschweig, Germany on 20-22 June 2011. During the Workshop, a total of twenty-four presentations as well as formal contributions from seven discussants were programmed. They covered a broad range of conceptual and practical issues related to evaluating policy measures for stimulating improvements in the environmental performance of agriculture. The focus was specifically on those policy instruments that target farming practices with the objective of enhancing agriculture’s provision of public goods or raising environmental performance standards above the mandatory level specified by legislation.

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