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Private Sector Actions to Valorise Public Benefits from Agriculture and Forestry

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  • Floor Brouwer
  • Francesco Mantino
  • Nico Polman
  • Chris Short
  • Simone Sterly
  • Ilona Rac

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There is wide consensus that the agricultural and forestry sectors play an important role in the provision of public benefits. Major changes are envisaged by some in the future developments of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) regarding the provision of these benefits. However, while policy can be a powerful driver for change, it is often not sufficient to trigger action by itself; new approaches are required to increase the engagement and commitment of actors in this field. The PEGASUS project aimed to understand new ways of thinking about the way farmland and forests are managed to stimulate long‐lasting improvement in the provision of public benefits in the EU. Since the private sector is already actively involved in securing the provision of public benefits e.g. through premium price mechanisms, this article seeks to outline private sector actions for the more effective provision of public benefits arising from EU farmland and forests. The article suggests a number of approaches to be considered when developing policy that seeks to encourage the involvement of the private sector. Il est largement reconnu que les secteurs agricole et forestier jouent un rôle important dans la fourniture d'avantages d'intérêt public. Certains envisagent des changements importants pour l'avenir de la politique agricole commune (PAC) concernant la fourniture de ces avantages. Cependant, si la politique peut être un puissant moteur, elle n'est souvent pas suffisante pour déclencher par elle‐même un changement concret; de nouvelles approches sont nécessaires pour accroître la participation et l'engagement des acteurs dans ce domaine. Le projet PEGASUS visait à comprendre les nouvelles façons de penser sur la manière de gérer les terres agricoles et les forêts pour stimuler une amélioration durable de la fourniture d'avantages d'intérêt public dans l'Union européenne. Compte tenu de la participation déjà active du secteur privé à la fourniture de ces avantages, par exemple grâce à des mécanismes de prime de prix, l'article cherche à définir les actions du secteur privé pour une fourniture plus efficace des avantages d'intérêt public découlant des terres agricoles et des forêts de l'Union européenne. L'article suggère un certain nombre d'approches à prendre en compte lors de l’élaboration d'une politique visant à encourager la participation du secteur privé. Es besteht eine weitgehende Übereinstimmung darüber, dass die Land‐ und Forstwirtschaft eine wichtige Rolle in der Bereitstellung gesellschaftlicher Leistungen spielt. Einige der zukünftigen Entwicklungen der Gemeinsamen Agrarpolitik (GAP) sehen wesentliche Änderungen in Bezug auf die Bereitstellung dieser Leistungen vor. Obwohl die Politik ein starker Treiber für Veränderungen sein kann, reicht sie häufig nicht aus, um allein Aktionen anzustoßen; es werden neue Ansätze benötigt, um das Engagement von Akteuren in diesem Bereich zu fördern. Das PEGASUS‐Projekt hatte das Ziel, neue Denkansätze über die Art und Weise wie Acker‐ und Forstflächen bewirtschaftet werden, zu verstehen, um so langfristige Verbesserungen in der Bereitstellung von gesellschaftlichen Leistungen in der EU zu fördern. Da der Privatsektor bereits in die Sicherung der Bereitstellung gesellschaftlicher Leistungen involviert ist, z. B. durch bestimmte Preismechanismen, werden in dem Artikel Maßnahmen des Privatsektors für die effektivere Bereitstellung gesellschaftlicher Leistungen aus Acker‐ und Forstflächen der EU aufgezeigt. Es wird eine Reihe von Ansätzen vorgeschlagen, die bei der Entwicklung von Politiken zur Förderung der Einbeziehung des Privatsektors berücksichtigt werden sollten.

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  • Floor Brouwer & Francesco Mantino & Nico Polman & Chris Short & Simone Sterly & Ilona Rac, 2018. "Private Sector Actions to Valorise Public Benefits from Agriculture and Forestry," EuroChoices, The Agricultural Economics Society, vol. 17(3), pages 16-22, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:eurcho:v:17:y:2018:i:3:p:16-22
    DOI: 10.1111/1746-692X.12186
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    1. Francesco Mantino & Francesco Vanni, 2018. "The Role of Localized Agri-Food Systems in the Provision of Environmental and Social Benefits in Peripheral Areas: Evidence from Two Case Studies in Italy," Agriculture, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(8), pages 1-19, August.
    2. Francesco Mantino & Francesco Vanni, 2019. "Policy Mixes as a Strategy to Provide More Effective Social and Environmental Benefits: Evidence from Six Rural Areas in Europe," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(23), pages 1-17, November.

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