Farm-level environmental performance assessment in Hungary using the Green-point system

Mészáros, Dóra and Hufnagel, Levente and Balázs, Katalin and Biró, Zsolt and Puskásné Jancsovszka, Paulina and Podmaniczky, László and Sipos, Balázs (2015) Farm-level environmental performance assessment in Hungary using the Green-point system. STUDIES IN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS, 117 (3). pp. 131-139. ISSN 1418-2106


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Faced with society’s increasing expectations, the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy uses environmental management as an increasingly critical criterion in the allocation of farm subsidies, with a shift in focus from production and area-based subsidies to payments for supplying public goods. There is an increasing demand to assess the ecological and environmental performance of farms as public money spent on provision of environmental services requires justification. The objective of this research is to strengthen the basis of the concept of farm- level environmental performance assessment. Firstly we give an overview of indicator-based sustainability assessment tools. Even though there are several different tools developed globally, and the themes and indicators for the assessment of environmental performance are very similar, there are significant differences in terms of data survey among them. Secondly we describe the development and field testing of the ‘Green-point system’ developed in Hungary. This system is able to measure the environmental performance of farms and their value/ capability of providing public goods and sustaining ecosystem services through a framework of farm enterprise calculations and assessments. The Green-point system fits well into the stream of yet scarce approaches and efforts, which in several European countries aim to introduce and strengthen the so-called result-based agri-environmental schemes alongside the currently rather dominant management-based approaches. Keywords: agroecosystems, diagnosis, environmental impact assessment, evaluation methods, indicators, sustainability

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainability; INDICATORS; Evaluation Method; environmental impact assessment; AGROECOSYSTEMS
Subjects: H Social Sciences / társadalomtudományok > HB Economic Theory / közgazdaságtudomány
S Agriculture / mezőgazdaság > S1 Agriculture (General) / mezőgazdaság általában
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 05 May 2016 07:27
Last Modified: 05 May 2016 07:27

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