This report is the internal evaluation of the Flemish Nation Rural Network for 2017, which compares the objectives with the achievements. The overarching themes in the evaluation are: organisation, communication and transnational support. In addition, the report also briefly explains what the Flemish EIP Network did in 2017.
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This report focuses on ecosystem services and the benefits that people and society receive from nature in the form of goods and services, from food, drinking water and wood to climate regulation to recreation. Agriculture makes a positive contribution to various ecosystem services, but there are also negative effects of agriculture on ecosystem services.
The Rural Development Program 2014-2020 (PDPO III) focuses on improving the state of ecosystem services through various measures. The largest number of measures responds to biodiversity, regulation of water quality, preservation of soil fertility, regulation of the global climate and regulation of erosion risk.
In this report a screening of the agri-environment and climate measures of six European countries or regions: the Netherlands, Wallonia (Belgium), Lower Saxony (Germany), Nord-Pas de Calais (France), Scotland (United Kingdom) and Denmark. The rural development programme available is used for each Member State as a basis. Measures that pursue purely nature objectives are not taken into consideration.
This study calculates the effect of the measures investment aid and takeover aid on a number of economic parameters of the supported companies. The investment support is broken down by focus area.
The analysis shows that both takeover aid and investment aid to promote competitiveness have a positive effect on the gross added value of companies. The aid for emissions reduction investments has a negative effect on this parameter, but without this investment aid, this effect would be even more negative, or investments would not happen. Nevertheless, these investments are necessary to remain competitive and to ensure the viability of Flemish companies.
This report charts innovation in Flemish agricultural and horticultural companies. In order to gain a better insight into improvements or innovations in the products, the processes, the organization or the marketing in Flemish agriculture and horticulture, a survey was organized among the participants in the Agricultural Monitoring Network. The results are presented and discussed in this report. This happened for the fourth time after previous surveys in 2007, 2012 and 2014.