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Management Strategies for Conservation of Natural Resources in Agriculture

Hrabrin Bachev ()

Journal of Advanced Research in Law and Economics, 2013, vol. IV, issue 1, 4-45

Abstract: This paper suggests a holistic framework for assessment and improvement of management strategies for conservation of natural resources in agriculture. First, it incorporates an interdisciplinary approach (combining Economics, Organization, Law, Sociology, Ecology, Technology, Behavioural and Political Sciences) and presents a modern framework for assessing environmental management and strategies in agriculture including: specification of specific 'managerial needs' and spectrum of feasible governance modes (institutional environment; private, collective, market, and public modes) of natural resources conservation at different level of decision-making (individual, farm, eco-system, local, regional, national, transnational, and global); specification of critical socio-economic, natural, technological, behavioural etc. factors of managerial choice, and feasible spectrum of (private, collective, public, international) managerial strategies; assessment of efficiency of diverse management strategies in terms of their potential to protect diverse eco-rights and investments, assure socially desirable level of environmental protection and improvement, minimize overall (implementing, third-party, transaction etc.) costs, coordinate and stimulate eco-activities, meet preferences and reconcile conflicts of individuals etc. Second, it presents evolution and assesses the efficiency of diverse management forms and strategies for conservation of natural resources in Bulgarian agriculture during post-communist transformation and EU integration (institutional, market, private, and public), and evaluates the impacts of EU CAP on environmental sustainability of farms of different juridical type, size, specialization and location. Finally, it suggests recommendations for improvement of public policies, strategies and modes of intervention, and private and collective strategies and actions for effective environmental protection.

Keywords: environmental management; strategies in agriculture; conservation of natural resources; environmental protection; European Union integration; European Union Common Agricultural Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q12 Q15 Q26 F15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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