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

United Kingdom case study

This chapter examines the Upstream Thinking Project which aims to improve water quality through a collaborative approach that informs and assists landowners in the protection of river catchments as part of an integrated approach to good land management. Following a brief description of the case study, the challenges of water resources protection, the need for collective action to provide public goods, and the institutional concerns surrounding payments for ecosystem services (PES) are discussed.

English Also available in: French

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