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.

English Also available in: French

Spain case study

This chapter presents two Spanish case studies: community water management and good practices to avoid animal diseases. Communities of irrigators (CR) are established by owners of irrigated land who are collectively granted a water concession. They manage resources locally following their own water allocation rules. Animal Health Associations (ADGs) are created by local livestock breeders who implement a common animal health programme. Following a brief description of the case studies, the agri-environmental public goods provided by collective action, the roles of participants, the factors affecting outcomes in collective action and the policy measures in support of collective action are discussed.

English Also available in: French

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