Providing Agri-environmental Public Goods through Collective Action

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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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Belgium case study

This chapter discusses two case studies in the Flemish region of Belgium. The first study concerns the strategic installation of buffer strips in the Dommel Valley, a project initiated by a local organisation that is at the interface of agriculture and nature protection. The second study describes the co-operation between a water-providing company and farmers in the province of Antwerp. Following a brief description of the case studies, the agri-environmental public goods provided by collective action, the factors affecting outcomes in collective action and the role of policies in stimulating collective action are discussed.

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