Developing more effective agri-environmental public goods mechanisms

Project summary: The Horizon 2020 funded CONSOLE project brings together partners from 13 EU countries to design and support the implementation of innovative agri-environmental-climate public good (AECPGs) delivered through agriculture and forestry.

The project will improve understanding of the ways AECPGs are currently delivered in a range of different settings, and identify successful experiences and good practice. This improved understanding will support the creation of a framework that will support the design and delivery of improved and more innovative contract solutions to deliver AECPGs.

iCASP is leading the University of Leeds’ involvement in the project and brings together experts in sustainable agriculture, economics and agricultural law.

A key activity of the CONSOLE project will be to gather information on farmer and land manager views and preferences on novel AECPGs through various in-person surveys. This will then feed information into another part of the project: the formation of a Community of Practice (CoP) across the EU countries involved. Here in the UK the members of the CoP will be drawn from farmers and land managers involved in the Yorkshire Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund networks. The CoP will co-create a contractual framework for delivering AECPGs and design and test different models to ensure that they deliver in different settings and under a range of conditions.

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

University of Leeds project team: Manolis Tylianakis, Julia Martin-Ortega, Pippa Chapman, Joe Holden, Michael Cardwell, Guy Ziv, Les Firbank

Project number: 25

Duration: May 2019 – April 2022

Resources: CONSOLE case studies are available from our Resources and Publications page

Useful links:

The CONSOLE project is led by the University of Bologna. More information about the CONSOLE project and partners

CONSOLE webpage


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