Investigating the incidental benefits of Environmental Stewardship schemes in England

Courtney, Paul and Mills, Jane and Gaskell, Peter and Chaplin, Stephen (2013) Investigating the incidental benefits of Environmental Stewardship schemes in England. Land Use Policy, 31. pp. 26-37. ISSN 02648377

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Abstract

The direct benefits of Environmental Stewardship (ES) schemes are well documented in the academic policy literature and include an increase in the stock and quality of field boundaries and associated wildlife; adaptation to climate change; landscape enhancement; improvements in farm soil and water quality and protection of the historic and natural environment. It is argued that the incidental benefits of ES schemes, which capture those benefits to the wider economy and society beyond the scheme's original remit, are as yet poorly understood and insufficiently recognised in current policy evaluation criteria. This paper describes research which has systematically addressed this evidence gap through the application of sub-regional economic models to capture the direct, indirect and induced effects of a variety of ES schemes beyond the farm gate. Findings reveal the sub-regional income and employment effects of such schemes to be significant, in particular for those schemes rewarding higher standards of environmental management. The implications of the findings for ES policy, its evaluation and rural development are discussed. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: REF2014 Submission. Author Keywords:Incidental benefits; Rural development; Economic impacts; Local multiplier; Agri-environment KeyWords Plus:RURAL-DEVELOPMENT; WESTERN ISLES; IMPACT; AREAS; COUNTRIES; PAYMENTS; SCOTLAND
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QH Natural history
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2014 08:25
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2015 11:26
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/322

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