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

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Thorsøe, M.H., Andersen, M.S., Brady, M.V. et al. Promise and performance of agricultural nutrient management policy: Lessons from the Baltic Sea. Ambio (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-021-01549-3

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Title: Promise and performance of agricultural nutrient management policy: Lessons from the Baltic Sea
Author: Thorsøe, Martin Hvarregaard; Andersen, Mikael Skou; Brady, Mark V.; Graversgaard, Morten; Kilis, Emils; Pedersen, Anders Branth; Pitzén, Samuli; Valve, Helena
Publisher: Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Date: 2021
Language: en
Belongs to series: Ambio
ISSN: 0044-7447
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-021-01549-3
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/331922
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.
Subject: agri-environment
CAP
HELCOM
marine policy
policy instrument
rural development
Subject (ysa): maatalouspolitiikka
kansainväliset sopimukset
vesistönkuormitus
ohjauskeinot
Itämeri
meriensuojelu
merien saastuminen
meret
maatalous
sopimukset


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