Title
‘Habitat is just another crop : it sticks out of the ground and needs management’ : training and advice to improve agri-environmental management
Description
Voluntary agri-environmental schemes (AES) have a relatively long history as a policy measure and since the late 1980s have provided financial incentives for farmers to adopt management practices designed to maintain or enhance the environmental value of their land. If it is assumed that these management prescriptions are appropriate for the stated objectives, the actions of the farmer become critical to the success of AES. Recognising this, 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. Once the decision has been made to join a scheme studies suggest that it is the level of engagement with scheme aims and objectives that matters (e.g. Morris and Potter, 1995; Lobley and Potter, 1998; Wilson, 1996). For instance, 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 and Potter, 1998; Wilson and Hart, 2001). This is not unreasonable but can mean that whilst participants abide by the letter of the agreement, they can often fail to understand the reasoning behind management prescriptions. In turn, this can lead to attempts to ‘cut corners’, unintentional breaches of agreements and the accusation that AES payments can be ‘temporary bribes’ (Morris and Potter, 1995).
URL
http://www.rics.org/site/download_feed.aspx?fileID=8304&fileExtension=PDF
Language
English
Author
Matt Lobley
Co-author
Michael Winter
Co-author
Eirini Saratsi
Co-author
James M. Bullock
Host
RICS

Agriculture and land management

Is this item peer reviewed?
No
Date of publication
13 April 2010
Is this item hardback or paperback?
Paperback
Has non-academic co-authors?
No
Has international co-authors?
No
For non-academic audience?
Yes
Conference event title
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors rural research conference
ConferenceLocation
Plumpton
ConferenceDate
13 April 2010