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1 A tool for the sustainability assessment at farm level Claudio De Paola – Head of Agricultural Sector, Parco del Ticino Project coordinator 18th MARS Annual EU Conference, November 2012, Paphos Cyprus

2 2 Content  Ticino Park - Lombardy  Framework  Sample  Methodology  Results  Web application  Current developments  Future perspectives  Conclusions 23/11/2012 SOSTARE - C. De Paola

3 3 Ticino Park - Lombardy  47 Municipalities  3 Provinces  More than inhabitants LAND USEHa Agriculture50258 Forest and other semi-natural areas20463 Urban areas18644 Other1935 Total91300 FARM TYPEFARMS (n)HEADS (n) Arable farms1197 Livestock farms383 - dairy specialist swine sheep&goat horses chicken&rabbit fish farms7-- - honeybees22-- Total /11/2012 SOSTARE - C. De Paola

4 4 Framework  SOSTARE meets requirements in term of:  Technical assistance Crop activities (market oriented choices) Agronomic issues (to improve both quality and quantity) Economic data collection and management (accountancy not compulsory) Agro-environmental issues (often neglected)  Decision making and farm management support Type of farming (crop specialyst or mixed crops) Crops mix (crop diversification) Products processing (transformation) Direct sale and farmers’ market Agrotourism  Future CAP scenarios New CAP for 2013 Sustainability: growing need to be defined and evaluated 23/11/2012 SOSTARE - C. De Paola

5 5 The sample The sample is based on a survey of 70 farms, selected in order to represent the panorama of farm typologies typical of the agriculture of Ticino Park and Lombardy plain. 23/11/2012 SOSTARE - C. De Paola Type of farm management Multi- functional farms (n) Non-multi- functional farms (n) Total (n) Conventional34144 Low impact Organic112 Total SAU per farm Cereal specialist farms Rice specialist farms Dairy specialist farms Bovine livestock farms Swine livestock farms Average (ha) Min (ha) Max (ha)

6 6 The concept  The aim of SOSTARE project was to assess farm sustainability through an integrated approch that analyses three farm management components:  the agronomic efficiency,  the economic results,  the environment conservation,  No similar models where existing when the project started (some aspects in common with ECOPOINTS and DIALECTE), thus an innovative model, capable to integrate agronomy, economy and ecology, was fine tuned 23/11/2012 SOSTARE - C. De Paola

7 7 Integrated sustainability INTEGRATED SUSTAINABILITY AGRONOMY ECONOMYECOLOGY Dimensions (composite indicators) Pillars Technical aspects (basic indicators) 23/11/2012 SOSTARE - C. De Paola

8 8 Methodology  It is based on composite indicators, built with a stepwise aggregation process that calculates synthetic indicators, from rough data collected in a farm survey,  Such synthetic indicators are constructed to allow the evaluation of farm performances (agronomic, economic and ecologic) through measurable values, and, consequently, the comparison of different management schemes. 23/11/2012 SOSTARE - C. De Paola

9 9 AGRONOMY aggregation scheme Input data collected in the farm survey 23/11/2012 SOSTARE - C. De Paola

10 10 ECONOMY aggregation scheme Input data collected in the farm survey 23/11/2012 SOSTARE - C. De Paola GMP = Gross Marketable Production UAA = Utilized Agricultural Area AV = Added Value OP = Operational Profit AWU = Annual Work Unit AWUf = AWU accounted by the farmer and his family FSP = Farm Single Payment AE = Agro-environmental measures and other premium got by the farm for environmental friendly practices

11 11 ECOLOGY aggregation scheme Input data collected in the farm (photo interpretation) 23/11/2012 SOSTARE - C. De Paola

12 12 Results 23/11/2012 SOSTARE - C. De Paola Farm 1 AGRONOMY ECONOMY ECOLOGY

13 13 Web application 23/11/2012 SOSTARE - C. De Paola  A pilot web application has been developed allowing users to conduct a diagnostic analysis of their own farm

14 14 Current developments 23/11/2012 SOSTARE - C. De Paola  Regione Lombardia (RL) has recognized SOSTARE as a practical tool for sustainability assessment at farm scale, but also for the monitoring of CAP subsidies results  as a consequence, new resources has been invested for the integration of SOSTARE with the Lombardia IACS (Integrated Administration Control System, SIARL) for the implementation of a new system: SiSCO

15 15 SiSCO:  retrieves data needed by SOSTARE from available databases: the IACS and other validated and official data sources (direct payment declarations, land use, Natura 2000, etc.),  aims to be an innovative system for the management of EU and national funds,  will be a knowledge system providing detailed information on Lombardia agricultural sector,  will be accessible to farmers and advisors for targeted applications 23/11/2012 SOSTARE - C. De Paola Current developments (II)

16 16 SiSCO system and SOSTARE 23/11/2012SOSTARE - C. De Paola GIS spatially derived Declared by the farmer Buffering tool. Useful for design of tree lines, roads etc. Field form Economic situation

17 17 Future perspective SOSTARE  Agronomic efficiency  Economic profitability  Biodiversity maintenance CAP post 2013  Production and competitiveness  Effectiveness and efficiency  Ecosystem services 23/11/2012 SOSTARE - C. De Paola IMPACT ASSESSMENT TOOLS SUSTAINABILITY

18 18 Authors  Claudio De Paola (Parco del Ticino)  Maria Luisa Paracchini, Claudia Bulgheroni (European Commission – JRC – MARS)  Giorgio Borreani, Ernesto Tabacco (University of Turin)  Alessandro Banterle, Danilo Bertoni (University of Milan)  Graziano Rossi, Gilberto Parolo (University of Pavia)  Roberto Origgi (Agricola 2000 Spa) 23/11/2012 SOSTARE - C. De Paola

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