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PROVIding smart DElivery of public goods by EU agriculture and forestry

Program: Horizon 2020, SC2
Call: H2020-ISIB-2014-2, Topic: ISIB-01-2014
Budget: 2,9 Million Euro – Duration: 3 years
Starting date: 01/09/2015

Together with food, materials and energy, agriculture and forestry contribute to the production of a wide range of public goods. Examples are landscape, biodiversity, water quality and availability, soil fertility, climate stability, flood and fire protection, food security, animal welfare and rural vitality, as well as the management of the majority of land areas in the EU.

Some of these goods are of primary importance for the environment and society welfare. However, as there is no market for such goods, they are often provided in quantity lower than socially optimal.

The objective of the PROVIDE project is to develop a conceptual basis, evidence, tools and improved incentive and policy options to support the “smart” provision of public goods by the EU agriculture and forestry ecosystems. PROVIDE will consider a wide range of public goods and legislations, and will address the issue in a multi-scale framework, working both at the EU level and at case study level in thirteen Countries of the EU.

 

The project will first perform a mapping and inventory of public goods and the mechanisms producing such goods, allowing to identify ’hotspots’ for mechanisms and policy development. Around these ’hotspots’, the project will then value different public goods and explore value transferability across several regions and ecosystems. Next, to meet a smart production of public goods, consistent with the current needs of productivity, bioeconomy strategy and rural development, innovative policy tools and mechanisms will be comparatively evaluated. The outcomes of these activities will feed information into a framework and toolbox.

The practical results of the project will be: a renewed (“un-packed”) conceptualization of the notion of public goods; an operational framework to support the smart provision of public goods; a toolbox putting together an inventory of options, operational means for valuation and evaluation, and a selection of policy/sector mechanisms; a consolidated and long-lasting community of knowledge and practice.

The project PROVIDE will mobilise 14 partners from 13 different countries in the EU.

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Project

WP1 - COORDINATION AND MANAGEMENT

WP1 will provide effective coordination and management of the Project. Management activities will be organised by the Coordinator, and carried out with the assistance of the Project Management Team. To accomplish PROVIDE overall objectives, the Coordinator will chair and contribute to the implementation of the activities of the Steering Committee (composed by the WP leaders), as well as chairing the General Assembly.

WP2 - INNOVATIVE CO-CONSTRUCTION OF KNOWLEDGE - ENSURING COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH AND DISSEMINATION

WP2 targets objective 1 of the project, which is to create a deliberative platform for engaging stakeholders in the ‘unpacking’ of the notion of PG and the co-construction and evaluation of the research process and its policy outcomes. Behind WP2 there is the idea that the integration of different ‘knowledges’ and values together with specialist knowledge results in policy outcomes which are more efficient and socially acceptable. Thus, stakeholders have a key role both in designing the research process and questions and in providing input to answer these questions and finding solutions.

WP3 - INVENTORY AND MAPPING OF THE CONNECTION BETWEEN CONDITIONSPRACTICES AND PUBLIC GOODS PRODUCTION

WP3 aims at synthesizing and mapping the demand and supply of public goods from agriculture and forestry, its driving factors and the role of location conditions. Hot-spots of public good demand and supply will be highlighted and analyzed, as they provide exemplars of good and bad practices to be investigated at Case Study Region level. The mapping will provide a background for the further investigation towards associated values and instruments that aim at balancing supply and demand.

WP4 - IMPROVED VALUATION OF PUBLIC GOODS

WP4 develops and tests improved tools for valuing costs and benefits of PG in support to policy and other governance mechanisms. This includes the selection, the adaptation, and the testing of valuation and scale approaches for public goods. Moreover, WP4 also analyse the determinants of values in view of using values for mechanism evaluation and tests if value transferability is feasible considering different environmental and social factors. All this information will be formulated in terms of guidelines as input for policy making.

WP5 - FORMULATING AND EVALUATING GOVERNANCE MECHANISMS FOR DELIVERY OF PUBLIC GOODS

WP5 targets the design and the assessment of improved applicable governance mechanisms for the smart delivery of PGs and avoidance of PBs. We identify and investigate private and public governance mechanisms (including market mechanisms) suitable to provide appropriate incentives and policy options for the smart delivery/avoidance of PG. Moreover, we analyse the practicability and transferability of governance strategies at programming and EU level. All these results will be summarized in guidelines for practical implementation of governance instruments for PG delivery.

WP6 - EVOLVING FRAMEWORK AND TOOLBOX

WP6 directs and collects the outcome of the project activities into a practical instrument to support policy making; it will include a (theory based) conceptual framework, mapping/inventory of public goods and mechanisms, toolbox of quantification/ evaluation instruments, and a toolbox of policy instruments.

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Case Study

RECENT NEWS

Italian final PROVIDE seminar

PROVIDE

The PROVIDE Final Conference in Italy was held in July, 11th at the Region Emilia-Romagna.

The overall project results and the most relevant policy implications from PROVIDE were presented by Davide Viaggi to the several stakeholders and interested practitioners who attended the meeting. Details on the Public Goods valuation results and relevant insights from governance mechanisms, both related to the hot spots identified by the project in Emilia-Romagna, were presented by Meri Raggi and Matteo Zavalloni, respectively.

The audience attending the meeting was also acknowledged about the regional agri-environmental measures of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) between past, present and future policy instruments, with a special focus on the new green architecture of the future CAP, both hot topics discussed by the invited CREA partners.

Finally, speakers from CREA introduced an overview of the agri-environmental measures adopted at the national level, leading, after the presentation of the UNISECO and LIFT projects, the audience to discuss and debate in a long session of questions and answers.

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PROVIDE Final Conference

PROVIDE

The 27th of June, in Brussels, at the “Fondation Universitaire” in Rue d’Egmont 11, it has been held the PROVIDE H2020 project Final Conference.

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The project, which explored the provision of Public Goods by EU agriculture and forestry, over three years of work has addressed PGs mapping, valuation, stakeholders participation in policy support and it has also improved governance mechanism design. Empirical results involved regional case studies in 13 countries of the EU and have been built on input from surveys involving more than 5000 households and farms.

The Final Conference aimed at presenting the project results and discussing them with stakeholders and policy makers, also contributing to the current debate on the future of CAP.

After a brief introduction and the whole project presentation, Mr Vincent Cordonnier (DG Agri) showed and discussed the main developments of the future CAP and the new policy tools related to the PGs provision. Successively, BOKU PROVIDE partners discussed the main overall project results, with Mr Sergiu Didicescu (EIP) helping them link the results to the EU perspective and Tomáš Ratinger (Czech PROVIDE partner) discussing the results in a regional perspective.

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The valuation of PGs and the relevance of why and how valuate them for the policy design have been two hot topics discussed by UCO PROVIDE partners with Mr Mike Mackenzie (DG Agri) supporting the debate and all the considerations from the EU perspective.

PGs mapping to support policies for the smartest and most effective PGs provision was discussed by VU PROVIDE partners with the intervention of Mr Andrea Furlan (DG Agri) who showed the main challenges related to mapping and data provision related to the future CAP.

The toolbox beyond PROVIDE has been finally presented by ZALF PROVIDE partners with a focus of the James Hutton Institute PROVIDE partners on the key participation of stakeholders in policy support, the relevance of the toolbox and the dissemination of PROVIDE results by Mr Flavio Conti (ENRD) and the final intervention of Anne Maréchal (IEEP) who highlighted the closeness of the PEGASUS results, the twin PROVIDE project.

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Czech final PROVIDE seminar

PROVIDE

The 26th of June, in Prague, the Technology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences hosted the final seminar of the Czech PROVIDE partner. The objective of the National workshop was to present project results and illustrate and discuss their application in the design of the national implementation of the new CAP.

Decentralised governance of the provision of PGs from agriculture and forestry means considering local (or at least transferred to the local level) demand and supply (or motivation for the PGs provision). Therefore, case studies intentionally investigated the situation of the face to face contacts between suppliers of PGs and actors demanding them. The Czech case studies focus on alternative GMs in which private and semi-private (non-governmental) initiatives play crucial roles. These initiatives, however, use the current support programmes (AEM), the land consolidation measures and the support to rural tourism from the RDP or measures of the Operational Programme “Environment”.

The workshop discussed pros and cons of the non-governmental initiatives; if they can become an important coordinators and facilitators of the provision of PGs and ESS (or if they role is rather complementary) and if they are sufficiently viable and sustainable (gradually financially independent using various ways of funding).

Resources

Documents

Documents

The Provide Project documents describes the project aims, objectives and intended outcomes. All the documents are available in print and online in Italian and English. Click on image to open the complete documents list.
Presentations

Presentations

The Provide Project presentations describes the project aims, objectives and intended outcomes. All the presentations are available in print and online in Italian and English. Click on image to open the complete presentations list.
Policy

Policy Briefs

The Provide Project policy briefs describes the project aims, objectives and intended outcomes. All the policy briefs are available in print and online in Italian and English. Click on image to open the complete policy briefs list.

Deliverables

WP2 - INNOVATIVE CO-CONSTRUCTION OF KNOWLEDGE - ENSURING COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH AND DISSEMINATION

  • D2.4 D2.4_Guidelines and report on workshops supporting WP4 and WP5
  • D2.2 D2.2_Conceptual paper on the ‘unpacked’ notion of public goods
  • D2.3 Deliverable 2.3_Guidelines and report on initial interviews and workshops
  • D2.1 Deliverable 2.1_Web Site

WP3 - INVENTORY AND MAPPING OF THE CONNECTION BETWEEN CONDITIONSPRACTICES AND PUBLIC GOODS PRODUCTION

WP4 - IMPROVED VALUATION OF PUBLIC GOODS

  • D4.4 D4.4 - Report on public goods valuation guidelines
  • D4.3 - Annex 3 D4.3 - Annex 3 - Pending reports not included in Deliverable D4.2
  • D4.3 - Annex 2 D4.3 - Annex 2 - Reports for the supply-side valuation assessments
  • D4.3 - Annex 1 D4.3 - Annex 1 - Reports for the demand-side valuation assessments
  • D4.3 main body D4.3 Report on value determinants and transferability
  • D4.2 - Annex 4 D4.2 - Report on valuation results - Annex 4
  • D4.2 - Annex 3 D4.2 - Report on valuation results - Annex 3
  • D4.2-main body Deliverable 4.2 - Report on valuation results - main document
  • D4.1 D4.1_Report on selection of valuation tools and guidelines

WP5 - FORMULATING AND EVALUATING GOVERNANCE MECHANISMS FOR DELIVERY OF PUBLIC GOODS

  • D5.3 D5.3_Report on Practicability and Transferability
  • D5.2 D5.2_Report on comparative evaluation results
  • D5.1 D5.1_Report on governance mechanisms selection, methodology adaptation and guidelines for evaluation

WP6 - EVOLVING FRAMEWORK AND TOOLBOX

  • D6.1 Deliverable 6.1 (living document) & Milestone 11: Report on Operational Framework, incl. preliminary Screening of existing Knowledge and Tools, including Identification of Stakeholder Information Demands

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