Evaluating agri-environmental schemes using a spatially explicit agent-based modelling approach

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Abstract

Networks of nature reserves are being proposed as a solution when the degree of fragmentation is considered to endanger the long-term persistence of species diversity. Agri-environmental schemes are supposed to make a positive contribution to these networks. The spatially explicit agent-based model presented in this chapter combines spatial dynamics in land ownership, land use and the importance of agri-environmental schemes in conserving biodiversity by capturing the heterogeneity of individual farms as well as their dynamics over time, in a spatially explicit landscape. The chapter evaluates the effects of two different agri-environmental policies at landscape level, and shows that agri-environmental schemes with flexible payments based on a spatial landscape configuration can be valuable for agri-environmental policy development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvaluation of Agri-Environmental Policies: Selected Methodological Issues and Case Studies
EditorsA. Burrell
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherOECD
Pages171-184
Number of pages256
ISBN (Print)9789264179332
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventOECD Workshop on Evaluation of Agri-environmental Policies, 20-220June 2012, Braunschweig, Germany -
Duration: 20 Jun 201122 Jun 2011

Workshop

WorkshopOECD Workshop on Evaluation of Agri-environmental Policies, 20-220June 2012, Braunschweig, Germany
Period20/06/1122/06/11

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