Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
Mandatory Fields
Van Rensburg, TM,Murphy, E,Rocks, P
2009
April
Land Use Policy
Commonage land and farmer uptake of the rural environment protection scheme in Ireland
Published
()
Optional Fields
Agri-environmental policy Common property resource REPS The Republic of Ireland Common, agricultural policy Environment Commonage REPUBLIC-OF-IRELAND AGRI-ENVIRONMENT PARTICIPATION MANAGEMENT CONSERVATION DETERMINANTS BIODIVERSITY WILLINGNESS INNOVATION FRAMEWORK
26
345
355
This paper looks at some of the factors which may influence REPS participation among commonage farmers in the west of The Republic of Ireland and on the impact REPS has had on participating farmers' income and on their environmental practices and attitudes. Commonage is land held in common ownership on which two or more farmers have grazing rights. There are about 4500 commonages in Ireland and they are important to Irish agriculture, to conservation of the uplands, in managing the environment and in sustaining rural livelihoods. The study reveals that sheep farmers are less likely to join REPS than cattle farmers and that being in receipt of other sources of State income acted as a deterrent to participation. REPS appears to have had a positive impact on participants' income and seems to have been Successful in changing farmer practices in a more environmentally benign direction, when doing so imposed no additional costs on the farmer. Environmental awareness among all farmers appears to be poor although REPS farmers display more appreciation of the degraded state of commonage than do non-REPS farmers. Farmers preference for a continuation of the status quo with respect to commonage management and a lack of discontent with respect to the distribution of past commonage rights points to the potential of building on a more co-operative approach to environmental management. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI 10.1016/j.landusepol.2008.04.002
Grant Details
Publication Themes