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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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New Zealand case study

This chapter analyses three New Zealand case studies: Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF), East Coast Forestry Project (ECFP) and North Otago Irrigation Company (NOIC). SFF funds grass-root activities by farmers, growers and foresters. The Aorere Catchment Project is led by members of the local community, including dairy farmers. SFF provides funds and helps address the complexities of sustainable water management. ECFP aims to prevent and control erosion in the Gisborne region by providing funding to landholders and promoting collective action. NOIC is formed by farmers to establish, manage and operate an irrigation scheme for the North Otago area and to provide water for its members. Following a brief description of the case studies, the roles of participants, the factors affecting outcomes in collective action, and the cost-effectiveness of the actions are discussed.

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