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Assessment of environmental impact of agri-environment-climate measures using the concept of public goods

Solution period: 08/14/2017 – 11/10/2017
Contract authority: Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic
Realizator: IREAS centrum
Partner: Ekotoxa, s. r. o. | CzechGlobe Ústav výzkumu globální změny, v. v. i.
Contact: Martin Pělucha (pelucha@ireas.cz)

IREAS carried out a part of this project aimed at creating a theoretical analysis and research on the subject of asessing the effects of agri-environmental-climate measures on the environment using the concept of public goods.

The subject of the public contract was to produce documents and propose approaches for the evaluation of the impacts of agri-environment measure M10 (“AEM”) as one of the most important measures of the Rural Development Programme, to which more than one quarter of the Programme budget is allocated – especially for the sub-measure: 1 – Integrated fruit production, M 10.1.2 – Vegetables, M 10.1.3 – Grapes, M 10.1.4 – Treatment of grasslands, M 10.1.5 – Grassing of arable land and others. Part of the contract is to define potential impacts on public goods (e.g., landscape, biodiversity, environmental improvements, leisure activities, etc.). Next, it was to define the benefits that a society derives from financing the above list of measures using the concept of assessing the provision of public goods (“PB”) and ecosystem services (“ESS”).

Conclusions of the project:

In this order, IREAS provided two components of the solution. Firstly, we devised a theoretical framework for the use of the PB concept for environmental impact assessment of AEM (using selected ESS relevant to agriculture). Secondly, we made a review of the PB/ESS evaluation methods in terms of their relationship between reliability of results and complexity of use.

Research team: Martin Pělucha – coordinator for IREAS and researcher