CONtract SOLutions for Effective and lasting delivery of agri-environmental-climate public goods by EU agriculture and forestry



The objective of CONSOLE is to boost innovation in the lasting delivery of agri-environmental-climate public goods (AECPGs) by EU agriculture and forestry. To achieve this objective, CONSOLE builds a Community of Practice (CoP) to co-create an empirically validated contractual framework, design and test effective and efficient contract models and support their implementation by multiple actors. The CONSOLE multi-actor and multidisciplinary team brings together 24 partners in 13 countries, covering representative typologies of actors involved in AECPGs contracts design and implementation (farmer organisations, regional administrations, consultancy companies, research institutions and water and forest management bodies). The CONSOLE framework will allow improved design and facilitate implementation of innovative contract solutions for the provision of AECPGs under various conditions across the EU. The CONSOLE framework includes: a) a catalogue showcasing successful experiences and good practices in AECPGs contracting and cooperation models; b) improved AECPGs contracts solutions and their assessment for different levels of governance; c) a comprehensive guide to the process for the design of AECPGs contracts; d) documentation, training and supporting materials. CONSOLE includes a comprehensive analysis of at least 52 case studies of existing experiences encompassing land tenure arrangements, result-based approaches, collective implementation and value chain-based remuneration, supported by surveys and modelling. Building upon these experiences, improved contract solutions will be developed in collaboration with the CoP. The CONSOLE framework will be tested in real decision-making contexts and will develop into a supporting tool for actors in the field, enabling the delivery and sustainability of AECPGs. Insights will improve policy design towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular through environmental policies and the post-2020 CAP.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Davide Viaggi

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari
Dipartimento di Scienze Statistiche "Paolo Fortunati"

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna(Italy)

Other Participants:
University Of Leeds (United Kingdom)
Trame (France)
Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (Austria)
Ecorys Brussels N.V. (Belgium)
Elo-European Landowners Organization (Belgium)
Zemnieku Saeima (Latvia)
Evenor Tech Sl (Spain)
Regione Emilia-Romagna (Italy)
Stichting Vu (Netherlands)
Sdruzhenie Asotsiatsiya Na Agroekologichnite Zemedelski Proizvoditel-Association Of Agri-Environmental Farmers (Bulgaria)
Luonnonvarakeskus Natural Resources Institute Finland (Finland)
Inra Cnrgv (France)
Arefl - Assemblee De Regionseuropennes Fruitieres Legumieres Ed Horticoles (France)
University College Cork (Ireland)
Warsaw University Of Life Sciences - Sggw (Poland)
Upm Universidad Politecnica De Madrid (Spain)
Asociación Agraria - Jóvenes - ASAJA (Spain)
Institute Of Agricultural Economics - Iae (Bulgaria)
Università  di PISA (Italy)
Consorzio di Bonifica della Romagna Occidentale (Italy)
Wnl - Stichting Het Wereld Natuur Foonds -Nederland (Netherlands)
C.N.R.S. Delegation Centre-Est (France)
Johann Heinrich Thune-Institut - Ti (Germany)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 4.999.998,75
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/05/2019
End Date: 30/04/2022

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Zero hunger This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 817949