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Result Based Payments

 

Results-based agri-environment payment schemes are schemes where farmers and other land managers/owners receive payments for delivering a specific environmental result or outcome. Hence, they differ from the traditional payments that are management based, prescribing when or what the farmer has to do or must not do to get the payment. These results-based approaches offer farmers the flexibility to use their knowledge and experience to manage the land in a way that delivers the environmental outcome/result (e.g. biodiversity, carbon storage, water regulation) alongside their food and fibre prodution activities. The farmer is in principle free to do what fits the site, the weather of the year, the farm and her or his own situation - it is only the environmental results that counts.

Results-based schemes can be funded in a variety of ways. Existing schemes are funded through public funding such as the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), national or regional funds, as well as private initiatives (more details). They maybe implemented through collective approaches, such as in the Netherlands, involve local or native communities, such as the Sami reindeer herders in Sweden, or via individual farmers and land managers. Central to all of these approaches is engaging the knowledge of farmers in managing their land in a way that helps to improve biodiversity delivery as well as other environmental outcomes on the ground alongside their other agricultural activities.

biodiversity as main objective

All of the RBPS presented on this website have biodiversity as main objective (exception: Humus-Program in Austria with climate change mitigation as main objective). For more info click the country flags.

Some of the RBPS have additional objectives such as landscape amenities, water quality and climate change mitigation (see below).

landscape amenities as additional objective

Ireland: Caomhnú árann - Managing the habitats of the Aran islands, Sustainable agricultural plan for the MacGillycuddy Reeks,

Spain: Mosaic perennial crops in Navarra,

Sweden: Result- and Value-Based Agri-Environmental Payments to Landscape Elements and Forest edges

water quality as additional objective

Austria: The Humus-Program of the Ökoregion Kaindorf

Ireland: The Burren Programme, Blackstairs farming futures, Caomhnú árann - Managing the habitats of the Aran islands, Pearl Mussel Project, Sustainable agricultural plan for the MacGillycuddy Reeks, Hen harrier project,

Netherlands: AECM Scheme 2016-2020. ANLb Collective approach delivering habitats

climate change mitigation as additional objective

Austria: The Humus-Program of the Ökoregion Kaindorf,

Ireland: Hen harrier project,

Portugal: Payment for environmental results in the Montado,

Spain: Biodiversity in grasslands and improved hedges