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Agri-environmental schemes and their territorial impact in the North of Spain

Diego F. Avendaño-Cantor, Ana Isabel García-Arias, Francisco Ónega and Mar Pérez-Fra

No 212642, 150th Seminar, October 22-23, 2015, Edinburgh, Scotland from European Association of Agricultural Economists

Abstract: Agri-environment policy in Europe has been applied for more than two decades, reaching great importance both economically and at spatial level. There is a debate in the academy about the tangible environmental benefits achieved with this policy. The present work analyses a whole Agri-environmental Program (6,523 beneficiary farms) for the community support period 2007-2013, focusing on its incidence and effects in the Galician province of Lugo, as well as the degree of implementation in relation to demographic, economic and agricultural structure. Descriptive statistics were used to determine the distribution in the territory of Agri-environmental Schemes (AES) and grant amount. Multiple linear regression analysis was used to determine the effects of different variables on the proportion of AES, using Akaike's Information Criterion procedure. The results show that population dynamics have significant incidence in explaining the spatial distribution of AES In mountain areas with lower population density and higher aging rateAES reveals to support the income of the least productive and marginal farms and, at the same time, the conservation of Nature, especially tackling the proliferation of forest fires. Some were widely adopted in the province, while others focused on specific geographical areas. The ecological improvement of the physical environment under Natura 2000 measures has the least impact on the territory.

Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy; Environmental Economics and Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.212642

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