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Evaluation of the Pilot Entry Level Agri-Environment Scheme - ER02004

The Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food recommended the introduction of an ELS that would be open to the majority of farmers in England. The aim would be to achieve widespread uptake, involving a greater range of land managers in environmental management and thus delivering benefits at landscape scale. To test this approach Defra will introduce a pilot scheme in four areas in 2003; in Devon, Berkshire, Lincolnshire and County Durham. These areas have been selected to represent different farming contexts. It is hoped that at least 50 farms will participate in each pilot scheme.

If successful, the intention is to roll out a national ELS from 2005. As such there is a need for an intensive evaluation of the pilot in its first year. The evaluation will need to be comprehensive, covering a range of issues including uptake, attitudes to the scheme and individual measures and the suitability of the application process as well as involving an assessment of the potential environmental benefits. It will not, however, be possible to directly measure environmental impacts within the short timescale available.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Evaluation of the Pilot Entry Level Agri-Environment Scheme   (136k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2003

To: 2004

Cost: £109,782
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Economic Policy Evaluation