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Developing approaches to agri-environment monitoring (M&E Baseline/Programme Development) - LM04108

Over many years the delivery of Agri-environment schemes (AES) has been supported by a programme of monitoring and evaluation. There is increasingly a need to consider future monitoring approaches to ensure the methods utilise the most appropriate technologies. For example, earth observation and eDNA have been used in recent monitoring projects, but have not been implemented at a national scale to assess multiple AES objectives.

The aim of this project is to review how developing technologies could be used to monitor Agri-environment schemes. The focus will be on technologies which are becoming mainstream and which could be implemented in Agri-environment monitoring in the near future.
The specific objectives for this project are to:
1) Carry out horizon scanning of developing technologies which may be relevant for agri-environment monitoring.
2) Review how these developing technologies could be used for Agri-environment monitoring.
3) Review what outputs/outcomes are relevant for the developing technology
4) Propose how developing technologies could be used in existing and future agri-environment monitoring
5) Pilot or proof of concept studies to demonstrate how technology could be used for agri-environment monitoring
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2020

To: 2021

Cost: £139,383
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Centre For Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)
Environmental Change              
Environmental Stewardship              
Natural Environment - Ecosystem services