Trade and Agriculture Directorate

Providing Agri-environmental Public Goods through Collective Action

Published on June 28, 2013

Also available in: French

This study analyses the promotion of collective action for agri-environmental public goods and addresses externalities by reviewing the experience of various OECD member countries. Twenty-five cases from 13 countries (Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) are examined. The study shows that collective action should be given serious consideration as a means of addressing many agricultural and natural resource issues, and in some cases collective action should be actively promoted.


Executive summary
Collective provision of agri-environmental public goods4 chapters available
Understanding agri-environmental public goods through country experience
Relationship between collective action and agri-environmental public goods
Farmer behaviour and collective action
Promotion of collective action and policy implications
Understanding collective action undertaken in OECD countries14 chapters available
Australia case study
Belgium case study
Canada case study
Finland case study
France case study
Germany case study
Italy case study
Japan case study
The Netherlands case study
New Zealand case study
Spain case study
Sweden case study
United Kingdom case study
Annex A. Game theory and collective action
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