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Title: Integrated Sustainability Assessment of Agro-ecological Systems: The Case Study of the “Alta Murgia” National Park in Italy
Authors: Moretti, Michele
Van Passel, Steven
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: International Society of Ecological Economics conference (ISEE 2016), ISBPE University of District of Columbia, Washington DC, USA, 26-29/06/2016
Abstract: Several indicators and methods are already applied for sustainability assessment in agriculture. The links between sustainability indicators, agricultural management and policies are not well explained. The aim of this study is to combine biophysical and monetary sustainability assessment tools to support agriculture policy decision making. Four methodological steps are considered: i) the environmental impacts of farms are assessed using terrestrial acidification, freshwater eutrophication, soil and freshwater eco-toxicity as well as natural land transformation; ii) the most relevant indicators of agriculture damages on ecosystems are aggregated into an index; iii) the farms index scores are integrated with farm assets, land and labor, into the Sustainable Value approach (SVA), as indicator of natural resources used by farms; and iv) the return to cost ratio and different resource productivities are assessed. As a case study, the methodology was applied to arable farms with and without animal husbandry of the "Alta Murgia" National Park. The crops farms, in our sample, have a higher sustainable value using their economic and environmental resources. Mixed farms need to improve their resources use efficiency. Although crop farms have lower land-use efficiency compared to mixed farms, our results suggest supporting, by means of policy options, the specialized crops farms that, on average, perform better in terms of biodiversity preservation. Finally, we find that Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to soundly measure the environmental impacts clearly enriches the SVA.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/23105
Category: C2
Type: Conference Material
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