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Economics of Co-ordination in Environmental Stewardship - DO0119

This research takes forward the Lawton Report’s recommendation to re-visit the design and delivery of Entry Level Stewardship to ensure key options are selected appropriately over a sufficient landscape scale; focusing specifically on the landscape scale aspect. It seeks to identify which landscape scale approaches (or elements of approaches) can be applied cost effectively to Environmental Stewardship.

In particular, according to the specification the research will 1) conduct a literature review of the various landscape scale approaches highlighting the pros and cons of each approach and then 2) conduct a more detailed cost benefit analysis using case studies. Case study selection will be based on approaches not currently being used and/or those approaches where there is little evidence. For each co-ordination approach examined in more detail, the contractor will assess the economic costs and benefits with a view to identifying which co-ordination approach best delivers the objectives of Environmental Stewardship. As part of the calculation on costs the contractor will examine the costs of implementing the co-ordination approach including the costs of participation.

This research, once commissioned, had the following elements:
• To conduct a scoping report reviewing different aspects of landscape co-ordination approaches and assessing the advantages and limitations of each one. This was to be achieved through an extensive literature review of a range of different co-ordination approaches delivering landscape scale benefits, including case studies of the approaches used in the UK and globally;
• Detailed examination through case studies (using a Multi Criteria Analysis (MCA) approach) of the costs and benefits of different elements of co-ordination, including identification of the income foregone, additional costs and transaction costs and the personnel involved;
• A final report to include the identification of the elements of co-ordination which best deliver ES landscape scale co-ordination objectives, including consideration of the circumstances where these would be appropriate and their limitations.
The project is crucial in informing future policy decisions for the design and delivery of ES. The main aim is to identify the key elements necessary for encouraging co-ordination on a landscape scale
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Economics of Co-ordination in Environmental Stewardship   (1835k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2011

To: 2012

Cost: £25,650
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Countryside and Community Research Institute
Environmental Stewardship