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Agricultural Economics Society Workshop

Lessons from the Past & Suggestions for Future Design of Agri-Environment Schemes

Workshop at the 91st Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Society, R.D.S., Dublin, Ireland

Since the mid-1990s, Agri-Environment Schemes (AES) have made up a large proportion of the financial supports provided to EU farmers through the Rural Development Programme (RDP). Over this period, these schemes have changed significantly in response to changing policy objectives, environmental concerns and sustainability challenges. This session brought together multi-disciplinary experts from the areas of agricultural economics, ecology, agri-environment policy and agricultural extension to share their experiences in relation to past and current AES and to look at potential future policy directions and the challenges and benefits that these might bring. The speakers addressed issues such as scheme participation, environmental outputs, transaction costs, complexity of schemes, administrative burden along with the monitoring and evaluation of AES, in order to draw lessons in relation to future policy design.

Chair: Dr Mary Ryan, Teagasc, Ireland.



  • Prof Cathal O’Donoghue, Dean of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, NUIG, Ireland