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Visions of Agricultural Conservation Policy Beyond 2002: Implications for Partnerships

This paper identifies the requirements for "smart" conservation partnerships — alliances that are necessary and foster cost-effective, durable solutions to key problems. The basic structure and operation of partnerships are discussed, with special attention to the central role of transaction costs in forming and maintaining such alliances. The second section reviews the agricultural conservation policy setting and constructs a concept of policy beyond 2002 based on emerging trends and necessary actions to fill policy gaps. In the third section, the policy implications for building effective public-private conservation partnerships to realize that vision are drawn. A checklist of attributes for "smart" partnerships is offered as a conclusion.

Publication Name
Center for Agriculture in the Environment Working Paper
David Ervin
DeKalb, IL: American Farmland Trust
Page Numbers
Publication Date
May 31, 1998
Publication Type
Reports and Guides
Conservation Policies and Programs

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