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Analysing the maintenance and establishment of orchard meadows at farm and landscape levels applying a spatially explicit integrated modelling approach


  • Martin Schonhart
  • Thomas Schauppenlehner
  • Erwin Schmid
  • Andreas Muhar


Landscape elements can enhance the ecological and social value of agricultural landscapes. Orchard meadows are traditional landscape elements in Central Europe, but have deteriorated for decades due to their adverse economic effects. We apply an integrated modelling framework to assess the farm profitability of orchard meadows as well as the effectiveness of measures in the Austrian agri-environmental programme to maintain existing and establish new sites. The model results indicate that current market prices for fruits and harvest productivity levels are not sufficient to support the maintenance of existing sites. The model results also indicate that the agri-environmental measures are effective in maintaining orchard meadows, but are insufficient to make all existing sites profitable or support further establishments. Consequently, alternative policy options will aim at increasing harvest efficiencies (e.g. harvest mechanisation co-operatives), at adding value to orchard fruits (e.g. fruit processing options), and at reducing labour costs by improving seasonal labour availability.

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  • Martin Schonhart & Thomas Schauppenlehner & Erwin Schmid & Andreas Muhar, 2011. "Analysing the maintenance and establishment of orchard meadows at farm and landscape levels applying a spatially explicit integrated modelling approach," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 54(1), pages 115-143.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:54:y:2011:i:1:p:115-143
    DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2010.502763

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    1. Schönhart, Martin & Sinabell, Franz & Schmid, Erwin, 2015. "Integrated Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on a Grassland Dominated Austrian Landscape," 150th Seminar, October 22-23, 2015, Edinburgh, Scotland 212675, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    2. Schönhart, Martin & Schauppenlehner, Thomas & Kuttner, Michael & Kirchner, Mathias & Schmid, Erwin, 2016. "Climate change impacts on farm production, landscape appearance, and the environment: Policy scenario results from an integrated field-farm-landscape model in Austria," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 145(C), pages 39-50.
    3. repec:eee:agisys:v:159:y:2018:i:c:p:111-125 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Schönhart, Martin & Schauppenlehner, Thomas & Schmid, Erwin, 2014. "Integrated land use modelling of climate change impacts in two Austrian case study landscapes at field level," 2014 International Congress, August 26-29, 2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia 182680, European Association of Agricultural Economists.


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