The inclusion of results-based payment schemes in agriculture is certainly not a ‘new’ concept with schemes and trials running since the late 1980’s. Yet we are beginning to see more Member States and regions looking at how results-based approaches can help to improve biodiversity conservation in agriculture and overcome some of the challenges seen with more conventional management-based approaches.
On 12November, in Sweden, the AgriFood Economics Centre in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA) will host a day long workshop to discuss the possibilities and challenges of introducing result-based systems in Sweden by drawing on experiences from Germany, where such systems have been implemented on a regional scale. The workshop will bring together leading experts in this area, including Dr Rainer Oppermann from the Institute for Agro-ecology and Biodiversity (IFAB) who is engaged in the research for DG Environment which supports this blog.
It will be interesting to see the outcomes of the workshop and whether results-based approaches will start to feature in other types of agricultural systems in Sweden, beyond the protection of large carnivores, as they do currently.
For more information about the workshop contact the AgriFood economics centre
If you know of any other events addressing results-based schemes please share them with us in the comments section.