The future of public goods provision in upland regions: learning from hefted commons in the Lake District, UK

Burton, Robert, Schwartz, Gerard, Brown, Karen, Convery, Ian and Mansfield, Lois (2009) The future of public goods provision in upland regions: learning from hefted commons in the Lake District, UK. In: Bonn, Aletta, Allott, Tim, Hubacek, Klaus and Stewart, Jon, (eds.) Drivers of environmental change in uplands. Routledge Studies in Ecological Economics series . Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, UK, pp. 309-322. Full text not available from this repository.

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Abstract

The nature of agriculture in Europe is changing. Problems with overproduction and environmental damage in the 1980s led to the adoption of the ‘public goods model’, by which farmers and landowners are encouraged to provide agri-environmental goods voluntarily in return for payments for income for- gone (Falconer and Ward, 2000). For upland communities, this change could be particularly important. In terms of agricultural production, upland areas are often very poor (Caskie et al., 2001), as is evidenced from the high level of support through special compensatory payments such as the Hill Farm Allowance available in Less Favoured Areas. However, upland areas in the UK and across Europe are major suppliers of scenic and environmental public goods, with regions such as Dartmoor (Devon) and the Lake District (Cumbria) acting as ‘honey-pots’ for recreational and leisure tourism. Thus, the provision of public goods is currently the main economic rationale for supporting upland farmers.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415564083
Departments: Outdoor Studies
Additional Information: Chapter 17 within book.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2019 16:20
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2019 16:20
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4625

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