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Promise and performance of agricultural nutrient management policy: Lessons from the Baltic Sea

Thorsoe, Martin Hvarregaard and Andersen, Mikael Skou and Brady, Mark and Graversgaard, Morten and Kilis, Emils and Pedersen, Anders Branth and Pitzen, Samuli and Valve, Helena (2021). Promise and performance of agricultural nutrient management policy: Lessons from the Baltic Sea. AMBIO :: A Journal of the Human Environment. 51 , 36-50
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Abstract

Following decades of international collaboration to restore the Baltic Sea, we provide an assessment of the domestic implementation of measures agreed to limit diffuse agricultural pollution and the patterns of policy instruments applied. Despite the Helsinki Convention being unusually specific in detailing what measures countries should introduce, we find many shortcomings. These are most pronounced in the larger countries (Poland, Germany and Russia), while smaller countries perform better, notably Sweden and Estonia. The patterns of policy instruments applied differ, influenced by domestic politics. The limited use of complementary policy instruments suggests that other priorities overrule full and effective implementation, with engagement mirroring the advantages that a restored Baltic Sea can bring to countries. Using the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development to support farmers in managing nutrients, particularly advisory services and investments in modern manure management technologies, represents a significant opportunity for reducing agricultural pollution in most countries.

Authors/Creators:Thorsoe, Martin Hvarregaard and Andersen, Mikael Skou and Brady, Mark and Graversgaard, Morten and Kilis, Emils and Pedersen, Anders Branth and Pitzen, Samuli and Valve, Helena
Title:Promise and performance of agricultural nutrient management policy: Lessons from the Baltic Sea
Series Name/Journal:AMBIO :: A Journal of the Human Environment
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:51
Page range:36-50
Number of Pages:15
Publisher:SPRINGER
ISSN:0044-7447
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
Keywords:Agri-environment, CAP, HELCOM, Marine policy, Policy instrument, Rural development
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112523
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112523
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
DOI10.1007/s13280-021-01549-3
Web of Science (WoS)000655598600001
ID Code:26347
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:20 Dec 2021 08:25
Metadata Last Modified:20 Dec 2021 08:31

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