Gerhard Hovorka, Thomas Dax, Josef Hoppichler, Thilo Nigmann
The management of agricultural and forestry land increasingly includes the provision of public goods and the provision of specific ecosystem services. The PEGASUS project is developing innovative and practice-oriented approaches for the application of these two concepts: The aim is to identify effective application tools to contribute to the sustainability of primary production. In particular, the project aimed to make the discussion of the production of public goods through land use understandable with practical examples and to develop contributions to the design of policy instruments.
The project under the EU's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme (ISIB-2014-2) focused on capturing public goods and the institutional processes and support systems required for them by examining regional focal points (case studies). It also provided for the involvement of regional stakeholders to capture the understanding and best possible delivery of public goods in the selected rural regions.
The project was carried out over a three-year period (March 2015 - February 2018) in an intensive cooperation of the 14 international project partners and the final report was accepted by the EU Commission after the final discussion at the end of April 2018. Administrative closure and financial settlement have also taken place. As part of the exploitation of the far-reaching results of the project, in particular the analyses of the total of 34 sectoral, multi-sectoral and territorial case studies from the 10 partner countries of the project were used for the publication activities and discussion of the project results. In addition to international presentations and publications of the work (e.g. publication of the Austrian case study results in the journal Studies in Agricultural Economics), it was planned to prepare a synopsis of the project work of all project partners and the conclusions for policy and practice in a German-language publication by the Federal Institute for Mining Studies by spring 2019, thus concluding the project.
The EU project 143/15 (PEGASUS) was completed in 2019. Due to the many other activities, it was not possible to produce the planned German-language short Facts&Features in a foreseeable time and with the corresponding effort.
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