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
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).
Linking Farm-Level Measurement Systems to Environmental Sustainability Outcomes: Challenges and Ways Forward
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).
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).
Indicators in time, space and multiple domains: Lessons from applying an integrated assessment tool for agricultural systems
, 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).
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).
- Information, indicators, agricultural productivity and sustainable practices - Australian case studies
Mike GRUNDY, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia (10 minutes).
- 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).
- 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).
- Experiences in using Agri-Environmental Indicators as a policy tool in the Norwegian agri-environmental programme
Bjørn HUSO, Norwegian Agricultural Authority, Norway (10 minutes).
- Regionalised Agri-Environmental Monitoring on a Farm-Based Activity-Report Data Network
Silvio BLASER, Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station ART, Switzerland (10 minutes).
- 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).
- Eurostat tender on direct and indirect data needs linked to farms for Agri-Environmental Indicators
Ludivine BAUDOUIN, Eurostat, Luxembourg (10 minutes).
- Experiences with the evaluation of agricultural practices for EU Agri-Environmental Indicators
Hans-Peter PIORR, University of Applied Sciences, Eberswalde (10 minutes).
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- Gross Nitrogen Balance and Nitrogen Use Efficiency as tools for policy analysis and evaluation
Klaas van der HOEK, RIVM, The Netherlands (10 minutes).
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- Nitrogen Use Efficiency as an Agro-Environmental Indicator
Frank BRENTRUP, Yara International, Research Centre Hanninghof & Christian Pallière, Fertilizers Europe (EFMA) (10 minutes).
- 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).
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).
- 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).
- 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).
- High Nature Value Farming Systems: a Policy Perspective
Andrea BORLIZZI, Andrea POVELLATO, Antonella TRISORIO, National Institute of Agricultural Economics (INEA), Italy (10 minutes).
- 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).
- Developing an integrated monitoring system to assess agri-environmental measures effectiveness in Tuscany
Riccardo SIMONCINI, University of Florence, Economic Sciences Department, Italy (10 minutes).
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).
- 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).
- Use of remote sensing for the assessment of farmland biodiversity
Ciro GARDI, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy (10 minutes).
- 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
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.
Session 4.2 (Overview of National AEIs): László PINTER, Measurement and Assessment Program, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Winnipeg, Canada.
Session 4.3 (Soil, pesticides, nutrients): Franz SINABELL, Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna, Austria.
Session 4.4 (Biodiversity and landscape): Sigrid SKJØLÅS, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Oslo, Norway.
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.
Session 4.6 (Session 4 Chair Summary) Uptal VASAVADA, Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C.
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).
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
- Agro-environmental Monitoring (PDF)
Website for Switzerland Agri-environmental Monitoring available in French, German and Italian :
- For background information, data and publications related to OECD work on agri-environmental indicators, go to : www.oecd.org/agriculture/env/indicators
- Linking Farm-Level Measurement Systems to Environmental Sustainability Outcomes: Challenges and Ways Forward,
Aimee Russillo and László Pintér, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), 2009.
- Rapid Assessment Case Study: The Environmental Information Infrastructure of Pulse Production in Canada,
Jane Barr, Angeline Gough, Aimee Russillo, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), 2009
- BellagioSTAMP: SusTainability Assessment and Measurement Principles
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), 2009
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