European Commission - Joint Research Centre
As part of the design of the RDP for 2014-2020 the Basque Government wanted to understand the potential for Results Based Payements. Three potential RBP were tested with a sample of farmers: a) biodiversity in meadows, b) carbon fixation on slow-growing forests, and c) habitat connectivity via hedges.
Location of the schemeone region
Duration of the schemeSince: ex-ante assessment - no real implementation
Objective(s) of the scheme / project
Other - CO2 fixation in trees
Which habitats or species are in the focus of the scheme / project?
- Habitats (incl. habitats of Fauna-Flora-Habitat-Directive (FFH-D.))
- Landscape elements
Árnica montana (Anex V); Narcissus pseudonarcissus subsp. nobilis (Anex V); Narcissus asturiensis (Anexes II & IV)
Which indicators are used?
- Species (incl FFH and BD)
- Landscape Elements
Other - growth of trees
Grassland - number of species present out of a list of 22
Hedges - width and height, number of authoctonous trees in hedge, connectivity with other hedges (1 to 4 scale depending on the presence, intensity of absence of these features)
Design of scheme / project
- Pure Result Based Payments
Farmers are informed that they will only be paid if results achieved
By which fund(s) is the scheme / project implemented?
- Agri Environmental Measures of CAP
How are the incentives (payment levels) calculated?
Willingness to accept of farmers to joint the program (stated preference)
Farmers are asked for the compensation requested to participate in the programmes.
Is there a top up in case of reaching the goals?
How many hectares are in the scheme?
- Less than 100
How many farmers take part in the scheme?
- Less than 50
How are participating farmers supervised/advised?
no supervision as it is an ex-ante appraisal
Are there any evaluation results?
The results obtained in the pilot show that all the environmental measures studied are accepted by farmers and that there are potential savings compared to the way in which agri-environmental measures are currently implemented.
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