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Understanding the Relationships between Extensive Livestock Systems, Land-Cover Changes, and CAP Support in Less-Favored Mediterranean Areas

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UMR 9221 LEM CNRS/Université de Lille, 59491 Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
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UMR 1114 EMMAH INRAE-AU, 84914 Avignon, France
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UR 0045 LRDE INRAE, 20250 Corte, France
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UR Ecodeveloppement INRAE, 84914 Avignon, France
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UMR 6134 SPE CNRS, Université de Corse, 20250 Corte, France
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Land 2020, 9(12), 518; https://doi.org/10.3390/land9120518
Received: 15 October 2020 / Revised: 3 December 2020 / Accepted: 11 December 2020 / Published: 14 December 2020
Farm abandonment and over-extensification trends in less-favored livestock breeding areas in the Mediterranean have led to socio-environmental issues that are difficult to assess and address, due to the characteristics of these areas (e.g., poor data availability and reliability). In a study case that presents many of the characteristics common to these areas, we combine qualitative and quantitative approaches to assess (i) the relationship between livestock production and land-cover change and (ii) the drivers of farmer decisions, concerning the types of livestock they breed. We show that the Common Agricultural Policy’s objective of open-landscape preservation cannot be achieved through the observed livestock management practices, with the most heavily CAP subsidy-dependent activities (e.g., suckler-cow breeding) having one of the weakest contributions to this objective. We also econometrically show that suckler-cow breeding is more likely to be adopted as a complementary or main activity in farms facing a labor scarcity and land abundance context. These results complement the literature and contribute to the discussion regarding the design of CAP support for less-favored Mediterranean areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: Mediterranean mountainous landscape; farmer choice drivers; extensive livestock systems; Common Agricultural Policy; land-use change; less favored areas (LFA) Mediterranean mountainous landscape; farmer choice drivers; extensive livestock systems; Common Agricultural Policy; land-use change; less favored areas (LFA)
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Delattre, L.; Debolini, M.; Paoli, J.C.; Napoleone, C.; Moulery, M.; Leonelli, L.; Santucci, P. Understanding the Relationships between Extensive Livestock Systems, Land-Cover Changes, and CAP Support in Less-Favored Mediterranean Areas. Land 2020, 9, 518. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9120518

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Delattre L, Debolini M, Paoli JC, Napoleone C, Moulery M, Leonelli L, Santucci P. Understanding the Relationships between Extensive Livestock Systems, Land-Cover Changes, and CAP Support in Less-Favored Mediterranean Areas. Land. 2020; 9(12):518. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9120518

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Delattre, Laurence, Marta Debolini, Jean C. Paoli, Claude Napoleone, Michel Moulery, Lara Leonelli, and Pierre Santucci. 2020. "Understanding the Relationships between Extensive Livestock Systems, Land-Cover Changes, and CAP Support in Less-Favored Mediterranean Areas" Land 9, no. 12: 518. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9120518

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