Conference Agri-Environment Schemes

Prof. dr. Geert de Snoo organizes two sessions at the Conference: "Agri-Environment Schemes - what have they achieved and where do we go from here?" at University of Leicester, Oadby, UK on 27-29 April 2010

Prof. dr. Geert de Snoo organizes two sessions at the Conference:

Agri-environment schemes - what have they achieved and where do we go from here?

The conference is hold at University of Leicester, Oadby, UK on 27-29 April 2010          

The conference

Agri-environment schemes have now been in operation for over two decades, and a range of different approaches are adopted across Europe. Many changes have taken place in the types of schemes supported and the approaches adopted to monitoring and evaluation. Past evaluations have highlighted both successes and perceived failures, and there has on occasion been controversy about the value of the agri-environment approach to environmental conservation on farmland. Nevertheless, such schemes continue to be the major vehicle for achieving environmental objectives in the agricultural context, and budgets are now higher than ever before. Major changes have occurred following the most recent CAP reforms, and monitoring and evaluation data are now becoming available giving early indications of performance. At the same time, new prescriptions continue to be developed and incorporated as schemes are reviewed and revised.

Themes to be explored at this conference will include the development of agri-environment policy, the rationale behind the current schemes, the science underpinning the options, implementation at field, farm and landscape scales, the assessment and evaluation of the outcomes, and the implications for future developments. A particular emphasis will be placed on the collection and assessment of evidence for success (or otherwise) of agri-environment schemes in achieving their objectives, and how this could be improved. Of specific interest will be the nature and early results from evaluation of new agri-environment schemes established following the 2005 CAP reform, but the scope will also include earlier AES and comparisons between them. Both monitoring of direct benefits and socio-economic evaluations may be included. In addition, papers describing underpinning research will also be welcomed. Keynote speakers will be invited to set the policy context.

The conference will be of interest to delegates from the across Europe, including policy makers, agricultural and landscape ecologists, advisers, agricultural land managers, and all those involved in research, development, implementation and evaluation of agri-environment schemes.

The sessions

The two sessions which are lead by prof. dr. Geert de Snoo are called:

  • Species-centred management (session 4)
  • Resource protection (session 6)

More information

More information about the conference and sessions can be found at:
the website of The Association of Applied Biologists

A printable description of the programme is also available.

Last Modified: 07-04-2010