Title
Training and advice for agri-environmental management
Description
Since the late 1980s, voluntary agri-environmental schemes (AES) have provided incentives for farmers to adopt management practices designed to maintain or enhance the environmental value of farming systems. If it is assumed that management prescriptions are appropriate for the stated objectives, the actions of the farmer become critical to successful AES outcomes. Early (social science) analysis of AES assumed that sufficient levels of uptake and removal of barriers to entry could be taken as a proxy indicator of scheme success (see Whitby 1994). However, it has become clear that AES participation cannot be viewed as a simple dichotomous decision to participate or not participate. Studies suggest that it is not participation per se but the level of engagement with scheme aims and objectives that matters (e.g. Morris & Potter 1995, Lobley & Potter 1998). Research has typically revealed limited engagement on the part of most participants, with the majority enticed into participation by a combination of payment rates and compatibility with the existing farming system (Lobley & Potter 1998, Wilson & Hart 2001). Although participants may abide by the letter of the agreement, they can often fail to understand the reasoning behind management prescriptions. This can lead to attempts to ‘cut corners’, unintentional breaches of agreements and the accusation that AES payments can be ‘temporary bribes’ (Morris & Potter 1995).
URL
http://www.bou.org.uk/bouproc-net/lfb3/lobley-etal.pdf
Language
English
Author
Matt Lobley
Co-author
Eirini Saratsi
Co-author
Michael Winter
Is this item peer reviewed?
Yes
Publisher
British Ornithologists' Union
Date of publication
01 January 2010
Place of publication
Peterborough
Has non-academic co-authors?
No
Has international co-authors?
No
For non-academic audience?
No
Conference event title
Lowland farmland birds conference : delivering solutions in an uncertain world
ConferenceLocation
Leicester
Conference number
3rd
TitleOfVolume
BOU proceedings : lowland farmland birds III
ConferenceDate
31 March 2009