Common criteria for the redefinition of Intermediate Less Favoured Areas in the European Union

Eliasson, A., Jones, R.J.A., Nachtergaele, F.O., Rossiter, D.G., Terres, J.-M., Van Orshoven, J., van Velthuizen, H.T., Boettcher, K., et al. (2010). Common criteria for the redefinition of Intermediate Less Favoured Areas in the European Union. Environmental Science & Policy 13 (8) 766-777. 10.1016/j.envsci.2010.08.003.

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This article defines eight key climate, soil and terrain criteria that have been developed for the future delimitation of the Intermediate Less Favoured Areas (LFAs) support, a measure of the Common Agricultural Policy. The LFA scheme has existed since 1975 and is a broad mechanism for improving the viability of agriculture in areas with natural handicaps. The common criteria have been developed for the European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development to satisfy the objectives in the Rural Development Policy 20072013 (Axis II), which aim to improve the environment and the countryside by more sustainable land management. The criteria were developed by experts, coordinated by the European Commissions Joint Research Centre, to meet the requirement for a robust and harmonised approach of identifying areas that experience natural constraints to agriculture throughout the EU 27 Member States. The criteria proposed are: temperature, heat stress, drainage, soil texture and stoniness, soil rooting depth, soil chemical properties, soil moisture balance and slope. Each criterion is described and an indicative threshold for assessment of its impact on agriculture is provided. The criteria are currently being tested by the EU Member States for a future possible legislation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agricultural indicators; Land evaluation; Natural handicap payments; Rural development policy
Research Programs: Modeling Land-Use and Land-Cover Changes (LUC)
Bibliographic Reference: Environmental Science and Policy; 13(8):766-777 (December 2010) (Published online 22 September 2010)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:43
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:38

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