A team at CCRI, led by Jane Mills have recently published a paper in Sustainability entitled ‘Developing Farm-Level Social Indicators for Agri-Environment Schemes: A Focus on the Agents of Change’.
Researchers from the CCRI are leading authors in a new paper to be published in the Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension
Last week, CCRI director Janet Dwyer gave evidence to the EFRA Committee last week as part of their inquiry into Defra’s ELM scheme. CCRI had earlier submitted written evidence to the inquiry and was asked for an additional written submission.
Jane Mills led a team of researchers from CCRI and the University of Exeter in developing a set of indicators that will be used by Defra and Natural England to assess engagement and social outcomes associated with agri-environment schemes.
Defra is funding this project to improve our understanding of the ability of current Agri-environment schemes (AES) to respond to climate change. Climate change and the associated changes in weather are impacting upon agriculture and forestry. We know that bud burst and bird nesting are now two or three weeks earlier than they were 20 or 30 years ago due to overall warming. But as well as gradual change in mean temperatures, the Met Office is recording more extreme weather events (i.e. heatwaves, cold spells, drought, flooding, storms) which impacts natural and managed environments. AES provide support for farmers and