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OECD Workshop on Agri-Environmental Indicators, Leysin, Switzerland, 23-26 March 2010

 

OECD Workshop on Agri-Environmental Indicators, Leysin, Switzerland,
23-26 March, 2010

 

International experts, including policy decision makers, statisticians, research scientists and economists, and representatives of the private sector and environmental groups, participated in this workshop, where the main objectives were to:

  • Examine the current set of OECD set of agri-environmental indicators (AEIs) in terms of their strengths and weaknesses, lessons learned, and uses made of AEIs by policy makers.

  • Review future directions for agri-environmental indicators to meet the demands of policy makers, with emphasis on recommendations for the future direction of OECD AEI work.

Report of the Workshop  (PDF)

 

Documents for participants

 

Workshop papers and presentations


SESSION 1: WELCOME, OVERVIEW OF WORKSHOP AND KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

WELCOME AND OVERVIEW OF WORKSHOP

  • Welcome
    Dominique KOHLI, Head of the Strategic and Evaluation Unit, Federal Department of Economic (DFE), Federal Office of Agriculture (OFAG), Berne, Switzerland (15 minutes).

  • Overview of Workshop
    Kevin PARRIS,  Senior Agricultural Policy Analyst, Agricultural Policies and Environment Division, OECD, Paris, France (15 minutes).



    KEYNOTE ADDRESSES


  • Linking Farm-Level Measurement Systems to Environmental Sustainability Outcomes: Challenges and Ways Forward
    László PINTERa and Aimee RUSSILLOb, a. Measurement and Assessment Program, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Winnipeg, Canada; b. Liseed Consulting, Berea KY, United States (15 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint


  • Normative, systemic and procedural aspects: a review of indicator-based sustainability assessments in agriculture
    Claudia R. BINDER1 and Giuseppe FEOLA2
    1. Institute for System Science, Innovation and Sustainability Research, University of Graz, Austria; 2. Social and Industrial Ecology, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland (15 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • Indicators in time, space and multiple domains: Lessons from applying an integrated assessment tool for agricultural systems
    Sander JANSSEN, Researcher, Alterra - Centre for Geo-information, Wageningen, The Netherlands; Martin van ITTERSUM, Plant Production Systems, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;  and Erling ANDERSEN, University of Copenhagen, Forest and Landscape, Denmark  (15 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint



SESSION 2 –  REVIEWING RECENT EXPERIENCES AND FUTURE PLANS IN USING AEIs AS A POLICY TOOL

SESSION 2 PART I – OVERVIEW OF NATIONAL AGRI-ENVIRONMENTAL INDICATORS

  • Agri-environmental monitoring: a Tool for evaluation and support of decision-making for Swiss agricultural policy
    Brigitte DECRAUSAZ, Office fédéral de l’agriculture, Unité de direction Evaluation et stratégie, Secteur écologie, Switzerland (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • Information, indicators, agricultural productivity and sustainable practices - Australian case studies
    Mike GRUNDY, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • Using Agri-Environmental Indicators in Decision-Making: Examples from Canada and Issues to Consider
    Sarah KALFF, Agri-environment Services Branch, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Canada (10 minutes).
    Paper (revision 17 March)     Powerpoint

  • Development of Agri-environmental indicators in Austria
    Ingeborg FIALA, Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Unit II/5, Vienna, Austria (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • The ARMS: A Survey Supporting Indicator Development and Economic Policy Analysis
    Robert M. EBEL and Utpal VASAVADA, Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, Washington DC, United States (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • Experiences in using Agri-Environmental Indicators as a policy tool in the Norwegian agri-environmental programme 
    Bjørn HUSO, Norwegian Agricultural Authority, Norway (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • Regionalised Agri-Environmental Monitoring on a Farm-Based Activity-Report Data Network
    Silvio BLASER, Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station ART, Switzerland (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • EU Agri-Environmental indicators and the Rural Development CMEF indicators (Common Monitoring and Evaluation Framework): a coherent system of analysis
    Angelo INNAMORATI, European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, Unit H1 - Environment, GMO and genetic resources, Brussels, Belgium (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • Eurostat tender on direct and indirect data needs linked to farms for Agri-Environmental Indicators
    Ludivine BAUDOUIN, Eurostat, Luxembourg (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • Experiences with the evaluation of agricultural practices for EU Agri-Environmental Indicators
    Hans-Peter PIORR, University of Applied Sciences, Eberswalde (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • Application of agri-environmental indicators in Portugal
    Rui PEREIRA and Teresa AVELAR, Directorate for Policy and Planning, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • French environmental certification scheme: Co-construction of environmental performance indicators
    Alexandre MEYBECK and Nathanaël PINGAULT, Office of environmental strategy, Service of agro-food and sustainable development strategy, Directorate of agriculture and agro-food policy, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Paris, France (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint      Powerpoint level 3 


SESSION 2 PART II – SOIL, PESTICIDE AND NUTRIENT INDICATORS

  • Agri-environmental Soil Quality Indicator in the European perspective
    Gergely TÓTH, Land Management & Natural Hazards Unit, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • The approach of the German Pesticide Risk Indicator SYNOPS in the frame of the National Action plan on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides
    Jörn STRASSEMEYER, Institute for Strategies and Technology Assessment in Plant Protection, Julius Kuehn Institute (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Kleinmachnow, Germany (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • Agri-Environmental Indicators for Biological Control and IPM
    Bernard J.BLUM, International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA), International Affairs Member of the Board of Directors, Basel, Switzerland (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint (revision 15 March)

  • OPERA- The European Observatory on Pesticide and risk analysis
    Silke BOLLMOHR, Scientific Officer of OPERA, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza, Italy (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint


  • Policy targets related to nitrogen emissions from agriculture – the case of Germany
    Frauke GODLINSKI, Institute for Crop and Soil Science, Julius Kuehn Institute (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Braunschweig, Germany (10 minutes).
    Paper       Powerpoint

  • Gross Nitrogen Balance and Nitrogen Use Efficiency as tools for policy analysis and evaluation
    Klaas van der HOEK, RIVM, The Netherlands (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • Policymakers’ Priorities and Policy Linkage Using Agri-Environmental Indicators in Korea
    Chang-Gil KIM, Senior Fellow, Agri-business Research Center, Korea Rural Economic Institute, Korea (10 minutes).
    Paper       Powerpoint

  • Nutrient surplus as a tool for evaluating environmental Action Plans in Denmark
    Finn P. VINTHER, University of Aarhus, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Dept. Agroecology and Environment, Denmark (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • Soil Nutrient Balances – Reviewing and Developing to Meet Customer Needs
    David FERNALL, Food and Farming Group, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), York, United Kingdom (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • Nitrogen Use Efficiency as an Agro-Environmental Indicator
    Frank BRENTRUP, Yara International, Research Centre Hanninghof & Christian Pallière, Fertilizers Europe (EFMA) (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • The ‘4R Nutrient Stewardship Framework’ links indicators of sustainability performance to policies and practices
    Tom BRUULSEMAa, Paul FIXENa, and Angela OLEGARIOb; a) International Plant Nutrition Institute, Norcross, GA, United States; b) International Fertilizer Industry Association, Paris, France (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint


SESSION 2 PART III – BIODIVERSITY AND LANDSCAPE INDICATORS

  • Addressing the spatial resolution of agri-environmental indicators in Norway
    Wendy FJELLSTAD, Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • The relevance of agri-environmental indicators for landscape character maintenance and biodiversity protection in Slovakia
    Zuzana BARÁNKOVÁ1, Luboš HALADA2, Zita IZAKOVICOVÁ1, Barbora ŠATALOVÁ1; Institute of Landscape Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava1; Institute of Landscape Ecology, Branch of Nitra, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Nitra2 (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • Agri environmental indicators in relation to rural development policy in Flanders, Belgium
    Dirk Van GIJSEGHEM, Sylvie DANCKAERT, Michael Van ZEEBROECK, Ellen MAERTENS, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Brussels, Belgium (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint


  • High Nature Value Farming Systems: a Policy Perspective
    Andrea BORLIZZI, Andrea POVELLATO, Antonella TRISORIO, National Institute of Agricultural Economics (INEA), Italy (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint 


  • Agri-environmental indicators for biodiversity in the rice paddy landscape
    David S. SPRAGUE, Shori YAMAMOTO, Tatsuya AMANO, National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, Tsukuba, Japan and Kenji MATSUMORI, National Institute for Rural Engineering, Tsukuba, Japan (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • Developing an integrated monitoring system to assess agri-environmental measures effectiveness in Tuscany
    Riccardo SIMONCINI, University of Florence, Economic Sciences Department, Italy (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

 

SESSION 3 – USING AGRI-ENVIRONMENTAL INDICATORS IN INTEGRATED ANALYTICAL SYSTEMS AND MODELS: RECENT USES AND FUTURE PROSPECTS

  • Agri-environmental indicators in sector models: the case of nutrient balances and biodiversity
    Franz SINABELL, Erwin SCHMID, Peter ZULKA, Christine HEUMESSER, Katharina WICK, Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna, Austria (10 minutes).
    Paper      Add.Paper      Powerpoint

  • Agri-environmental indicators for ex-ante impact assessment: the High Nature Value farmland indicator in the CAPRI modeling system
    Maria Luisa PARACCHINI and W. BRITZ, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • Grassland Conversion for Crop Production in the United States:  Defining Indicators for Policy Analysis
    Roger CLAASSEN, Kohei UEDA, and Fernando CARRIAZO, US Department of Agriculture, United States (10 minutes).
    Paper (revision 16 March)     Powerpoint

  • Using a Beneficial Management Practice (BMP) Adoption Index in Agri-Environmental Policy in Canada
    Robin MACKAY, Agri-environment Services Branch, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Canada (10 minutes).
    Paper

  • Use of remote sensing for the assessment of farmland biodiversity
    Ciro GARDI, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • Mainstreaming carbon balance appraisal of agriculture projects and policies?: A tool for measuring Carbon-Balance in Ex-ante Project-Programme Impact Appraisal
    Louis BOCKEL, FAO,  Garry SMITH, FAO, Marjory BROMHEAD, ARD Worldbank, Martial BERNOUX, IRD FAO consultant, Marianne TINLOT, Consultant FAO (10 minutes).
    Paper (as of 12 March)     Powerpoint (as of 8 March)     Flyer      Flyer in french 
      

 

SESSION 4 – FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR AGRI-ENVIRONMENTAL INDICATORS: CONCLUDING DISCUSSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS

 

CONCLUDING DISCUSSION

 

Reports from Rapporteurs (10 minutes each):

  • Session 4.1 (Keynote addresses): Mike GRUNDY,
    Theme Leader Landscape Systems and Trends, CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship, St Lucia, Queeensland, Australia.
    Powerpoint

  • Session 4.2 (Overview of National AEIs): László PINTER, Measurement and Assessment Program, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Winnipeg, Canada.
    Powerpoint

  • Session 4.3 (Soil, pesticides, nutrients): Franz SINABELL, Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna, Austria.
    Powerpoint

  • Session 4.4 (Biodiversity and landscape): Sigrid SKJØLÅS, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Oslo, Norway.
    Powerpoint

  • Session 4.5 (AEIs and integrated models): Bob MACGREGOR, Chief, Agricultural and Environmental Policy Analysis, Research and Analysis Directorate, Agriculture and
    Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Canada.
    Powerpoint

  • Session 4.6 (Session 4 Chair Summary) Uptal VASAVADA, Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C.
    Powerpoint

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Recommendations for the OECD Joint Working Party on Agriculture and the Environment (June 2010)
    Wilfrid LEGG,  Head of Agricultural Policies and Environment Division, OECD, Paris, France  (30 minutes).
    Powerpoint

 

 

Workshop Background and Objectives

 

Switzerland Workshop Background and Objectives (PDF)

OECD Agri-environmental Indicators Report (see also the OECD website at: www.oecd.org/agriculture/env/indicators )

Assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the OECD Agri-environmental Indicators:


Recommendations from the OECD Workshop on Indicators for Developing, Monitoring and Analysing Agri-environmental Policies
(held in Washington DC, and hosted by the Economic Research Service (ERS) and Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) of the United States Department of Agriculture on 19-21 March 2007)


Documents from the JWP

 

Links and Related Information

 

 

 

Contact

 

For any questions, comments or suggestions regarding this Workshop, please contact:

  • Kevin Parris, Senior Policy Analyst, OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate: kevin.parris@oecd.org

 

 

 

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