Factors Affecting European Farmers’Participation in Biodiversity Policies

Siebert, Rosemarie, Toogood, Mark orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-2403-0338 and Knierim, Andrea (2006) Factors Affecting European Farmers’Participation in Biodiversity Policies. Sociologia Ruralis, 46 (4). pp. 318-340. ISSN 0038-0199

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9523.2006.00420.x


This article reports the major findings from an interdisciplinary research project that synthesises key insights into farmers’ willingness and ability to co-operate with biodiversity policies. The results of the study are based on an assessment of about 160
publications and research reports from six EU member states and from international comparative research.We developed a conceptual framework to systematically review the
existent literature relevant for our purposes. This framework provides a common structure for analysing farmers’ perspectives regarding the introduction into farming practices of measures relevant to biodiversity. The analysis is coupled and contrasted with a survey of experts. The results presented above suggest that it is important to view support for practices oriented towards biodiversity protection not in a static sense – as a situation determined by one or several influencing factors – but rather as a process marked by interaction. Financial compensation and incentives function as a necessary, though
clearly not sufficient condition in this process.

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