Defra - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Science Search

Science and Research Projects

Return to Science Search homepage   Return to Project List

Correlative analysis of environmental, agricultural, scheme and wider datasets - LM0406

Environmental Stewardship (ES) is an agri-environment scheme that provides funding to farmers and other land managers in England to deliver effective environmental management on their land. Its primary objectives are to:
• Conserve wildlife (biodiversity)
• Maintain and enhance landscape quality and character
• Protect the historic environment
• Protect natural resources (water and soil)
• Promote public access and understanding of the countryside
There are also secondary objectives for genetic conservation (rare breeds), flood risk management, and an overarching objective to contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation

This project will carry out a correlative analysis of environmental, agricultural, Environmental Stewardship (ES) scheme (and related pre-curser schemes) and wider datasets, to provide evidence of, and describe the relationship between achievement of ES objectives, and scheme and option uptake. The aim is to evaluate how Government funded agri-environment interventions are providing improved trajectories towards the planned objectives of the schemes. The work will involve in-depth statistical and spatial analysis of information from exisiting long-term datasets, to examine the correlations between environmental outcomes and ES option uptake. This will be assessed against a baseline of ‘conventional’ agricultural management, to determine the value added by various tiers of Agri-Environment (AE) agreement.
The objectives for this project qre to:

1. Provide clear evidence of the extent to which existing ES scheme options have delivered against specific stated objectives or environmental outcomes, as outlined above, by using a appropriate extensive datasets, suitable for analysis both in spatial and temporal terms.
2. Contribute to a wider analysis of similar linkages between options and all ES objectives, thereby providing valuable input to the formulation of the next Rural Development Programme for England.
3. Provide recommendations for future monitoring of ES option outcomes and requirements for data gathering or data coordination within and between existing monitoring schemes, including the potential for additional data gathering or modifications to monitoring protocols where this could be undertaken at little additional cost.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : LM0406 Correlative Analysis Report Oliver   (1172k)
• TPS - Two Page Summary : LM0406 2pg sum final   (380k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2013

Cost: £96,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Environmental Stewardship