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Collaborative conservation in agri-environment schemes

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Award: RES-240-25-0019
PI: Jeremy Franks, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Newcastle University
Dates: 30/09/2010 - 29/09/2011
The aim of this research project is to explore whether collective contracts will increase the ecological effectiveness of agri-environment schemes (AES). Species’ range and the scope of landscape are typically larger than individual farms, so why are AES options struck with individual farmers on a farm-by-farm piecemeal basis? Collective contracts would allow neighbouring and near-neighbouring land mangers to jointly enter agreements to conserve and protect the environment. The research will generate insights into the ecological benefits of collective contracts; the barriers land mangers face in working with neighbours to improve the environment, and the role conservation NGOs might play in helping them overcome these barriers.

Data created

Farmer interviews on collaborative contracts for agri-environment schemes
In-depth interviews with farmers in three case study areas to identify the likely support for collective contracts, the barriers to farmers participating in such options and the support they would like to help them overcome these barriers.


Data type: Qualitative
Data format: audio
Sample size: 36 farmers
Country: United Kingdom
Status: Data released
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Online survey of farmers and land managers in the UK to assess their willingness to work together - cooperatively - to jointly manage the environment under a formal agri-environmental scheme.


Data type: Quantitative
Data format: MS Excel
Sample size: 122 respondents
Country: United Kingdom
Status: Data released