BESTMAP: Behavioural, Ecological and Socio-economic Tools for Modelling Agricultural Policy

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The RISE Foundation is currently involved in the Horizon 2020 BESTMAP project which kicked off in September 2019 and will work for four years to develop improved tools to European policy-makers to predict the impacts of future policies on rural areas.

Specifically, the project will develop a new flexible, interoperable and customisable framework that will take account of farmers' needs and effectively monitor policy impacts on natural, social and cultural assets in rural areas.

This will be achieved through an analysis of the outcomes of a behavioural theoretical modelling framework that takes account of the complexity of farmers' decision-making. Additionally, computer models will help build up an operational framework.

BESTMAP will implement the newly developed framework in five regions across Europe, holding diverse agricultural, socio-economic and political backgrounds:

• Humber Catchment (UK)
• Mulde River Basin (DE)
• South Moravia (CZ)
• Bačka Region (RS)
• Catalonia (ES)

BESTMAP specialists will develop a simple-to-use web tool to help policy-makers analyse the adoption of various agri-environmental schemes and scale up the project’s innovative approach to model agricultural policy impacts at the regional and national levels.

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BESTMAP receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement no. 817501.


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