How do you reward farmers and land managers for delivery of public benefits?
A workshop to help co-design a scheme for Dartmoor that could be tested as part of Defra’s work on a new Environmental Land Management Scheme
15 February 2019, Parke, Bovey Tracey, UK
- Introductory remarks. – Gwyn Jones, EFNCP
- Defra’s ambition. – Miriam Jones-Waters
- How might we value and pay for public benefits – Brett Day, Exeter University
- Keep it simple: Ireland’s approach to payment by results – James Moran, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
- What can we learn from past and current experience of operating and paying for agri-environment schemes? – Janet Dwyer, CCRU
How to pay for the delivery of public benefits/environmental management/ecosystem services has been a central question in the development of agri-environment schemes both within and beyond the UK.
As part of its vision for agriculture post Brexit, the UK Government has stated it will ensure that public money is spent on public goods, such as restoring peat bog, providing better access to our countryside, protecting dry stone walls and other iconic aspects of our heritage. This principle is enshrined in the Agriculture Bill and the guiding principles for the new Environmental Land Management (ELM) System.
Dartmoor National Park Authority submitted a proposal to Defra to conduct a test or trial of the new ELM system. In December 2018, Defra notified the Authority that they would like to take forward the proposal. The Tests and Trials team (in Defra) are working with Dartmoor (and other proposals) to develop clear objectives that demonstrate how their test or trial could co-design elements of the new system.
The purpose of this workshop was to:
- assess the practicality of different processes designed to reward the delivery of public goods on land that can deliver environmental outcomes, including common land; and
- discuss how a potential Dartmoor ‘test and trial’ might help to co-design the new ELM system with farmers and other land managers that will deliver these environmental outcomes
The workshop was part of the HNV-Link project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme. Dartmoor is the UK’s Learning Area; selected for its reputation for innovation linked to ‘High Nature Value Farming’ systems.
Disclaimer: This event reflects the participant’s views and the Research Executive agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information provided.