Policy formulation and evaluation

Many agri-environmental policies seek to induce environmental improvements through the encouragement or prohibition of specific processes, in the hope of producing indirect benefits (e.g. restricting nutrient applications to improve water quality). They also operate within a diverse industry in which it can be difficult to induce the required behavioural changes. Consequently, it is important that policies that may well increase industry burdens, are based on sound science, so that they can maintain credibility, and are seen to be worthwhile.

AERU has been involved in a number of studies intended to evaluate policy options and steer policy formulation so as to result in the changes in behaviour and environmental quality desired by legislators. Key amongst these have been:

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University of Hertfordshire, 2017.