Tailoring agri-environment schemes to species and habitats could improve cost-effectiveness

28.06.2017 By: European Commission DG Environment

New research has examined three different categories of Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA), each with different goals. The researchers find that overlaps between the three assessments could be combined to create a more comprehensive form of ERA, usable by regulators and environmental decision makers. The cost-effectiveness of agri-environment schemes to conserve species and habitats under the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) has been assessed by a recent study. Cost-effectiveness was found to vary widely between schemes. Improvements in cost-effectiveness relative to specific conservation objectives might be achieved with increased geographical targeting, advice and monitoring of impacts. 

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Source: Austin, Z., McVittie, A., McCracken, D., Moxey, A., Moran, D. & White, P.C.L. (2015). Integrating quantitative and qualitative data in assessing the cost-effectiveness of biodiversity conservation programmes. Biodiversity and Conservation, 24: 1359-1375.