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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

PEGASUS-PROVIDE lunch seminar in DG Agri

PROVIDE

On February, 8th a Joint PEGASUS-PROVIDE lunch seminar was held in DG agri with Davide Viaggi and Jochen Kalterhardt as speakers for the PROVIDE project.

The meeting attached the attention of about 70 participants, interested in the debate related to the issue of public goods. The audience participated in the debate, showing how important public goods are in the CAP (about 80% of EU citizens would dedicate to the public good component of the CAP the current amount of money or more).

Public goods are indeed at the core of the new CAP reform and, in order to justify the CAP expenditure, the relevant challenge of how valuate them was discussed too. Others key topics were the mapping as a programming and monitoring tool, how to design collective and results-based mechanisms and how to measure performance in a more flexible CAP design.

Deliverable 4.4 on-line now !

PROVIDE

Deliverable 4.4 – “Report on public goods valuation guidelines” is online (and you can download it) on this website.

This report summarises the main lessons learned from the tasks addressed within Work Package 4 (WP4) “Improved valuation of public goods”, reling on the results obtained throughout WP4. The report has a two-fold objective. Firstly, to outline the main results obtained from the demand-side and supply-side valuation assessments carried out, underlining their key policy implications. Secondly, to provide guidelines for the valuation of the main public goods and bads (PGBs) supplied by agricultural and forestry systems (AFS) at the most adequate scale.

D.4.4 is organised as follows: Section 2 outlines basic concepts to contextualise the valuation of PGBs provided by AFS. Sections 3 and 4 focus on the valuation of benefits and costs of these PGBs respectively (corresponding to demand and supply-side valuation), providing general guidelines to carry out this type of assessments and main lessons learned with regards to the adoption of participatory approaches (with stakeholders) and the selected valuation methods. Section 5 focuses on the key policy messages which arise from the results obtained from the wide variety of valuation exercises carried out, while Section 6 concludes.

Deliverable 4.3 is now on-line !

PROVIDE

Deliverable 4.3 shows results from the valuation assessments made within Work Package 4 (WP4) with a special focus on determinants of value (Task 4.4) and value transferability (Task 4.5) of benefits (demand‐side) and costs (supply‐side) of the public goods and bads (PGBs) provided by agricultural and forestry. The document also provides analysis of heterogeneity ofsuch benefits and costs.

It will feed the final Task 4.6 within WP4, which summarizes the main lessons obtained from addressing the previous tasks within this work package, and which will be embodied in the final WP4’s deliverable (Deliverable D4.4), as well as it will provide valuable information for WP5 tasks, especially with respect to factors and barriers for uptake governance mechanisms (GMs) to improve PGBs provision and transferability of results.

Twofold assessments have been carried out: first, on the demand side, focused on the benefits for the whole society derived from an enhanced provision of PGBs; second, on thesupply side (valuing an improved provision of PGBs), centered on the GMs and their implementation costs. With regards to the former, two types of assessments were made, one related to a common exercise focusing PGBs as EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) priorities, and the other consisting of case‐specific assessments at hotspot (HS) scale. Considering the latter, all the supply‐side assessments are HS‐specific.

The document is structured as following: in Section 2 the methodological approaches used for valuation assessments of determinants of value and value transferability are explained; Section 3 shows the results with regards to the former, distinguishing among the three types of assessments performed, while Section 4 does so for the latter. Section 5 discusses the results obtained and Section 6 concludes. Three annexes are also enclosed, the first two including partners’ reports for demand‐side and supply‐side valuation assessments, while the third one includes a pending report that could not be included in D4.2.

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

  • D2.2 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

  • D5.1 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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