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Land 2015, 4(3), 688-710; doi:10.3390/land4030688

Livestock and Ecosystem Services: An Exploratory Approach to Assess Agri-Environment-Climate Payments of RDP in Trentino

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Faculty of Urban and Regional Planning, IUAV-University of Venice, S. Croce 1961 Palazzo Tron, 30135 Venezia, Italy
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Department of Economics "Cognetti de Martiis", University of Torino, Lungo Dora Siena, 100 A, 10153 Torino, Italy
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CREA, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Via Nazionale, 82, 00184 Roma, Italy
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TeSAF Department, University of Padova, Viale dell'Università, 16, 35020 Legnaro (PD), Italy
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Servizio Politiche Sviluppo Rurale—Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Via Trener, 3, 38121 Trento, Italy
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Agenzia Per i Pagamenti in Agricoltura—Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Via Trener, 3, 38121 Trento, Italy
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Benjamin Burkhard
Received: 27 April 2015 / Revised: 6 August 2015 / Accepted: 6 August 2015 / Published: 13 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Agro(Eco)System Services—Supply and Demand from Fields to Society)
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Abstract

The identification of an appropriate justification for Agri-Environment-Climate (AEC) payments is a crucial issue in the new Rural Development Programme (RDP). Given the environmental importance of grasslands in Trentino (Italy), the Management Authority in charge of the RDP decided to integrate an approach based on Ecosystem Services (ES) into the calculation of AEC payments. The paper presents the methodology used for this approach as well as the preliminary results. The first step entails building a probabilistic model for the ES, named Sustainable Fodder Production. Model outputs are then integrated with the accounting results based on the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) database (2009–2012) with the aim of calculating the additional costs and income waived due to the environmental commitments deriving from the sustainable management of permanent grassland in livestock farming. Sustainability measures imply more extensive management practices that maintain meadows in a healthy state. View Full-Text
Keywords: livestock farming; agri-environmental payments; ecosystem services; rural policies; farm subsidies; environmental modeling livestock farming; agri-environmental payments; ecosystem services; rural policies; farm subsidies; environmental modeling
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Notte, A.L.; Marongiu, S.; Masiero, M.; Molfetta, P.; Molignoni, R.; Cesaro, L. Livestock and Ecosystem Services: An Exploratory Approach to Assess Agri-Environment-Climate Payments of RDP in Trentino. Land 2015, 4, 688-710.

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