Farmers’ preferences for nutrient and climate related agri-environmental schemes - a cross country comparison

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  • Berit Hasler
  • Mikolaj Czajkowskij, Poland
  • Katarina Elofsson, Sweden
  • Line Block Hansen
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  • Tobias Häggmark Svensson, Sweden
  • Maria Konrad
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  • Helle Ørsted Nielsen
  • Olli Niskanen, Finland
  • Tea Nömann, Estonia
  • Anders Branth Pedersen
  • Kaja Peterson, Estonia
  • Helen Poltimäe, Estonia
  • Katarzyna Zagörska, Poland
We use data from a survey of 2,439 farmers in five countries around the Baltic Sea (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Poland and Sweden) to investigate their preferences for adopting agricultural practices aimed at reducing nutrient leaching and greenhouse gas emissions. The measures considered are set-aside, catch crops and reduced fertilization. Contracts vary with respect to the area enrolled, contract length, possibility of premature termination, availability of professional advice and compensation. We quantitatively describe farmers’ preferences in terms of their willingness-to-accept compensation for specific attributes of these contracts, if implemented. The results vary substantially between farm types (farmers’ characteristics) and between the five countries, and support differentiation of contract obligations and payments to improve the uptake of Agri-Environmental Schemes. The results can be readily used to improve the design of country-specific nutrient reduction policies, in accordance with the next Common Agricultural Policy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAMBIO
ISSN1654-7209
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019

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