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BONUS MIRACLE first Policy Brief

Zilans and Schwarz have written a Policy Brief (Report D 6.2) “Increasing the effectiveness of ecosystem services provision from reduced eutrophication and flood risk management – Success factors of innovative instruments in agricultural and environmental policies”.

Scientific discussions of innovative policy instruments such as outcome-based payments for ecosystem services suggest potentials in addressing and involving new key stakeholders and creating new incentives for land managers to produce multiple ecosystem benefits from reduced eutrophication and flood prevention. Lessons learnt from experiences with existing examples of innovative policy instruments in the EU and further afield improve the understanding of barriers and opportunities for the implementation of such policy innovations in different institutional settings across the BSR. They also inform an assessment of the required changes in existing governance structures. The experiences summarised in this policy brief are based on the conceptual framework for analysing the suitability of the ecosystem services approach to promote innovations in agri-environmental policy, developed in the BONUS MIRACLE report D6.1. In particular, it is based on a review of more than 30 examples of payment for ecosystem services-type schemes from the EU, Australia and North America. The review paid particular attention to examples targeted at water quality and watershed management, biodiversity, carbon sequestration and bundles of ecosystem services.

The policy Brief may be downloaded from the internet (BONUS MIRACLE D6.2) and copied provided that it is not changed and is properly referenced. Deliverable 6.2 should be cited as:

Schwarz G. and Zilans A, 2016. Policy brief on factors of success for the implementation of selected innovative governance approaches and instruments. Thuenen Institute of Farm Economics and University of Latvia, Deliverable 6.2, BONUS MIRACLE project,

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