The influence of the Common Agricultural Policy on agricultural landscapes
European Commission. Joint Research Centre. Institute for Prospective Technological Studies
PublisherLuxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union
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Agriculture is both a large-scale user of land and a provider of landscapes. The adaptation of agricultural practices to local conditions has led to a wide variety of "cultural landscapes" in Europe. The Common Agricultural Policy is a major driver of land use and changes in farming practices in Europe, and thus also affects landscapes. The report analyzes how the CAP's design and implementation have influenced agricultural landscapes. It provides a catalogue of the CAP measures that have been put in place and are currently influencing landscapes, as well as the expected effects derived from the proposal for the post-2013 CAP. It differentiates between pillar 1 and pillar 2, and between measures with a direct focus on landscapes vs. non-targeted measures which also have the potential to influence landscapes (positively or negatively). The olive and livestock sectors, where the influence of the CAP on landscape is of particular interest, are also analyzed. By providing a list of the potential influences of the CAP on the landscape elements and structures valued by EU citizens, this report provides a knowledge base to support an effective CAP policy design in the direction of improved landscape management, an important component of the EU project towards a more sustainable agriculture.
Citation“2012. The influence of the Common Agricultural Policy on agricultural landscapes. Luxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union.”
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