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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-05-01 - 2022-04-30

The general objective of CONSOLE is to boost innovation in the delivery of lasting AECPGs by EU agriculture and forestry. It will be pursued by building a community of practice, designing and testing effective and efficient cooperation models and developing a contractual framework supporting implementation by multiple actors. Specific objectives are to: 1.Elaborate an operational contractual framework supporting the analysis of existing agri-environment-climate contracts (AECCs) and the design of more effective ones, accompanied by solutions to facilitate policy making, stakeholder interplay and to incentivise contract uptake; 2.Distill lessons learned from past and ongoing experiences through the structured qualitative assessment of successful innovative and effective contract solutions for the delivery of specific or multiple AECPGs in the EU and in third countries; 3.Analyse the acceptability and ease of implementation of innovative contract solutions through a survey involving a wide range of farmers, rural landowners and other key contract actors in 12 EU Member States; 4.Explore further contract design options and empirically evaluate their economic, social and environmental performance using simulation models; 5.Build a community of practice co-constructing, testing and implementing new solutions through animation and participatory co-training, contributing to multiply impacts; 6.Make the CONSOLE results known and operative for a wide range of interested actors and stakeholders (farmers, farm advisors, administration, business along value chains, NGOs, etc.) through dissemination and outreach, hence impacting on the ground by ensuring a major transition in AECCs practices in Europe.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-07-01 - 2020-12-31

The aim of the research project is the development of an economic monitoring system for South Tyrolean farm forests. At the same time, the method 'Forest Accountancy Data Networks' (FAN), which was significantly developed at the Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics, is to be applied, adapted and ultimately further developed. The long-term goal is establishing an FAN for South Tyrol comparable to the ones in Austria and parts of Germany. The project deals with the development of a specific framework of key figures, cost centers, cost types and income types in cooperation with EURAC-Research (Bolzano, Italy), an initial data collection for the financial years 2017-2019 as well as the individual and interfirm evaluation of these. The results of the project serve primarily three target groups: (i) forest managers receive business information on forestry, including the possibility of anonymous interfirm comparisons; (ii) Results from FANs support decision makers, e.g. in the awarding of subsidies; (iii) The value of FANs from a scientific point of view for many tasks has been confirmed several times. This research project has set itself the goal of promoting the international economic comparison of farm forestry. The results of the project will be published scientifically and presented at scientific conferences.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-07-01 - 2019-06-30

The European commission evaluates the investment promotion to check the defined goals, because the program testifies a large part of the pillar 2 budget. The evaluation focus on the impact of the payment on structure and economic development of the agricultural holdings. Special attention is also paid to labour productivity and product diversification.

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