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Assessing the costs of measuring biodiversity: methodological and empirical issues

Targetti, Stefano and Viaggi, Davide and Cuming, David and Sarthou, Jean-Pierre and Choisis, Jean-Philippe Assessing the costs of measuring biodiversity: methodological and empirical issues. (2010) In: 120th European Association of Agricultural Economists Seminar - EAAE, 2 September 2010 - 4 September 2010 (Chania, Greece). (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Organic and low-input farming practices are considered keystones for the conservation of biodiversity in semi-natural systems. Accordingly, attention to the assessment of the benefits stemming from these activities is increasing in order to provide a solid base for the adoption of agro-environmental incentives and to support their monitoring and evaluation. The evaluation of the positive effects of organic and low-input farming activities on biodiversity is limited mainly by: the difficulty in proposing simple and widely-applicable indicators of biodiversity, and the substantial lack of data concerning the costs of measuring biodiversity - an essential element for a cost-effectiveness analysis. Moreover, the limited scientific literature available is based on ex-post analysis rather than on systematic data collection. The assessment of the costs of measuring biodiversity at farm-scale throughout Europe is one of the specific tasks of the BioBio project (UE-FP7). In this work, we discuss methodological aspects and preliminary results based on data gathered during fieldwork measurements of biodiversity in BioBio.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ProdINRA Id:37298
Audience (conference):International conference without published proceedings
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - INRA (FRANCE)
Other partners > Università di Bologna (ITALY)
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