OSCAR - Optimal Strategies for Climate change Action in Rural areas

This project aims to support the development of more holistic Rural Development Policy (RDP) measures that not only tackle rural issues, but also address climate change objectives (mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change). This will be done by developing guidance materials for Member States to support the development of RDP measures that optimally address climate change objectives post-2013.

The approach will involve evaluating each current RDP measure using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) coupled with an Adaptive Capacity Impact Assessment, to provide an evaluation in relation to mitigation, adaptation, productivity and practicality. This will also involve using GIS techniques to identify Regional Variation Categories across Europe in relation to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the development of marginal abatement cost curves and marginal adaptation cost curves for RDP measures to provide an overview of the costs and benefits of each measure. This information will be used to develop an RDP manual and checklist to facilitate the optimisation of national rural development programmes to support the delivery of climate policy objectives.

The project is funded by DG Climate Action within the European Commission, and is being undertaken in collaboration with Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Poland and Solagro in France. The project started on 22nd December 2011 and will be undertaken over a period of 12 months.


Dr John Tzilivakis



  • OSCAR Project Leaflet
  • OSCAR Case Study Leaflet

Project Partners


University of Hertfordshire
University of Hertfordshire, 2017.