The CAP could, and should, be primarily to assist EU agriculture to become more internationally competitive and sustainable and to achieve this by innovation. It already has many instruments to do this, and the reforms could further assist. However the resources deployed could be far better used.
- landscape management,
- protection of the cultural heritage,
- sustainable agriculture and rural development
Dr Janet Dwyer is a Reader in Rural Studies in the Countryside and Community Research Unit (CCRU). She previously worked for four years as a Senior Fellow at the IEEP. Janet's main research interests are in policies for sustainable agriculture and rural development, including mechanisms for effective nature conservation, landscape management and the protection of the cultural heritage. She has authored a large number of topical research reports for a variety of public and voluntary sector sponsors including work on the second pillar of the CAP, trade and the environment, diffuse pollution from agriculture and funding options for the management of Natura 2000 sites. She has served as a specialist adviser to Parliamentary inquiries on hedgerows and biodiversity, and CAP reform, and has presented at several major European conferences.
What is the relationship between the management of agricultural land and biodiversity? To what extent are the EU’s biodiversity goals addressed through the CAP?
This is the first study in the EU to evaluate the environmental impacts of the Leader+ initiative. The analysis is based on case studies of 12 Local Action Groups and 28 projects. The study also looked ...