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Applying a social-ecological approach to enhancing provision of public goods through agriculture and forestry activities across the European Union

NIGMANN, Thilo and Dax, Thomas and HOVORKA, Gerhard (2018) Applying a social-ecological approach to enhancing provision of public goods through agriculture and forestry activities across the European Union. Studies in Agricultural Economics, 120 (1). pp. 1-7. ISSN 2063 0476

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Abstract

Public goods provided by different land management practices in European regions have increasingly attained attention in agricultural policy debates. By focusing on the social-ecological systems (SES) framework, the systemic interrelations (e.g. drivers, resources, actors, governance regimes and policy impact) in land management across several case studies in various topographical and climatic conditions across ten European Union Member States are provided. The analysis of agricultural and forestry systems reveals a wide range of factors that drive the provision of ‘ecologically and socially beneficial outcomes’ (ESBOs). The respective influencing aspects cannot be reduced to market forces and policy support, but have to address simultaneously the pivotal role of social, cultural and institutional drivers as well. In particular, the tight interplay between public policies and private initiatives, and market mechanisms and societal appreciation of public goods delivery have shown to be the indispensable clue for understanding the relationship shaping the level of provision of public goods. Comparative analyses support the strong reliance on context, history, types of regions and differentiation of management systems which might be used for recommendations in the current debate on the future Common Agricultural Policy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: H41, O13, O35, Q18, Q57, R11, R52
Uncontrolled Keywords: agricultural policy, rural development, mountain farming, public goods, valuation
Subjects: Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics – Environmental and Ecological Economics
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics – Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q00 - General
Depositing User: István Ady
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2018 12:05
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2018 06:39
URI: http://repo.aki.gov.hu/id/eprint/3124

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