Symposium - Nature conservation on farmland: linking ecology with social sciences

2 hour symposium organised by CML on ECCB 2009 - 2nd European Congress on Conservation Biology, Praag 1-5 september 2009

Introduction

Ongoing intensification of agriculture has been identified as one of the main causes of biodiversity decline in the 20th and 21st centuries. Recognising of the role of agriculture in this problem, both farmer communities and governments have taken initiatives to design measures to mitigate the impact of intensive agricultural practice on biodiversity and the environment.

In Europe, this has culminated in incorporation of environmental criteria in EU legislation regarding Common Agricultural Practice (CAP) and the obligation of national governments to design and implement agri-environmental schemes. To date, there is a substantial body of research founding agri-environmental management options on a solid ecological base.


However, after several decades, strong evidence for the success of agri-environmental schemes in halting the biodiversity decline is still lacking. One of the reasons suggested for this is that, generally speaking, ecological considerations currently play an insignificant role in farmers’ decisions to participate in schemes and more importantly, in delivering quality once enrolled in a scheme. What are their perceptions, motives etc? Ecological considerations are weighed heavily against economical and social considerations.

Therefore, research aiming to find ways to improve the quality of the agri-environmental management needs to integrate ecology and social sciences. With this symposium we bring together scientists who have built bridges between these domains in order to elucidate the social processes underlying farmers’ decision making in agri-environmental management. Next to a discussion on how current agri-environmental policy is bound to lead to suboptimal results, alternative strategies on how to improve farmers’ involvement in agri-environmental management will be discussed.


Date and Location

2 hour symposium organised by CML on ECCB 2009 -  2nd European Congress on Conservation Biology,  Praag 1-5 september 2009

Organizers / Contact

Presentations

Title of presentation:   FARMCAT: Understanding the social and ecological factors which influence the successful delivery of agri-environmental schemes
Speaker: James Bullock
Affiliation:                     Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, UK    
   
Title of presentation: Exploring farmers’ cultural resistance to voluntary Agri-envronmental Schemes
Speakers: Rob Burton/Gerarld Schwarz  
Affiliation: Agresearch, Invermay Agricultural Centre, New Zealand
 
Title of presentation: Does knowledge of environmental performance change farmer’s behaviour?
Speakers:  Jerry van Dijk/Anne Marike Lokhorst/Henk Staats / Geert de Snoo
Affiliation: Leiden University, The Netherlands
   
Title of presentation: Does knowledge of environmental performance of farmers increases ecological success of AES
Speakers: Kees Musters/ Jinze Noordijk/Geert de Snoo
Affiliation: Leiden University, The Netherlands
   
Title of presentation: Selling Biodiversity to Farmers:  A View from the Farm
Speaker: Phil Lyth
Affiliation: Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, UK
   
Title of presentation: Farming-styles and the role of AE-subsidies
Speaker: Stefan Schindler
Affiliation: University of Vienna, Austria

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