Agri-environment schemes (AES) are a major policy tool in Europe to increase the environmental performance of agriculture. However, there is evidence that AES's implementation is not achieving the intended objectives and that current monitoring and evaluation frameworks are not adequate to fully assess their environmental effects. We argue that systematic consideration of ecosystem services would greatly benefit the implementation and assessment of AES, and that SEA represents a suitable platform to do this. We illustrate a case study of an ecosystem service-inclusive SEA applied to a rural development program and related AES in Italy. Results indicated that provision and consumptions of a wide array of ecosystem service are affected by AES and that current data management systems would allow to appraise these effects with acceptable efforts. In some other cases however sample field surveys would be needed. The case also shows the importance of mutual learning and knowledge brokerage between SEA practitioners and program officers. Overall, findings suggest that integrating ecosystem service in the design and assessment of AES would provide policy-makers and stakeholders with more focused information and ultimately improve their effectiveness.
Linking Ecosystem Services to Agri-environmental schemes through SEA. A case study from Northern Italy / C. Rega; A. Spaziante. - In: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT REVIEW. - ISSN 0195-9255. - STAMPA. - 40(2013), pp. 47-53. [10.1016/j.eiar.2012.09.002]
|Titolo:||Linking Ecosystem Services to Agri-environmental schemes through SEA. A case study from Northern Italy|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eiar.2012.09.002|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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