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Review of evidence requirements to support negotiations on future agri-environment schemes in next round of CAP - BD5011

There is a requirement for evidence to inform policy formulation with respect to the future shape of the agri-environment scheme(s) supported under the RDPE. This project assimilates and assesses a very large evidence base and combines this with spatial analyses and PAG and stakeholder input to provide a transparent and consistent evidence trail toward constructing arguments for the substantive negotiations on the design of the next generation agri-environment scheme. There are two main evidence requirements: (a) a literature review of Defra and Natural England funded R&D and M&E programmes addressing Environmental Stewardship since its introduction in 2005 and other relevant work, plus a spatial analysis of ES data; (b) a summary of evidence from other Defra research programmes on resource protection and climate change mitigation, to identify potential refinements to existing options or additional options that could enhance environmental benefits under a future AES scheme and provide multiple benefits. A workshop will be held towards the end of the project to obtain feedback on the messages emerging and to obtain additional evidence based on the experience of advisers and practitioners implementing the scheme.
The objectives are as follows:
1. Environmental Stewardship R&D and M&E programmes
a) Research & Development
Review ES R&D work to identify main messages arising and their significance for the refinement of management options and other support for ES. Including UELS.
b) Monitoring and evaluation
Review ES M&E work (including UELS where available) to determine environmental impacts, trade-offs for production and other environmental outcomes, reasons for failure where they occurred, and extent to which objectives were achieved.
c) Spatial analysis
Carry out spatial analysis of ES uptake data (including UELS) in relation to NE regional priorities and farm types

2. Sustainable agriculture research
Develop transparent method to assimilate the outputs of existing and ongoing work from other Defra programmes on mitigation measures for resource protection and minimisation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, in order to analyse:
(i) how measures emerging from these projects relate to existing ES options (including UELS);
(ii) how existing ES options (including UELS) could be refined to encompass more of the emerging measures;
(iii) the extent to which new options are needed to cover measures not included in (a) and (b).
3. Workshop
To obtain feedback on initial findings and assess regional experience on the ground through a workshop.
4. Synthesis
To synthesize the results of (1), (2) and (3) above into a report which draws out the key elements relevant to the development of policy on the future development of agri-environment schemes within the context of a new rural development programme.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : AES Review - final report   (2786k)
• ANX - Annex : AES review - Appendix 2   (2498k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendices 3 4 5   (221k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2013

Cost: £64,891
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)