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1015: Socio-economic benefits of Environmental Stewardship

This paper is taken from the executive summary of ‘Estimating the Incidental Socio-economic Benefits of Environmental Stewardship Schemes’ by Jane Mills, Paul Courtney, Pete Gaskell, Matt Reed and Julie Ingram of the Countryside and Community Research Institute.

Year of Publication2010

The incidental benefits of Environmental Stewardship (ES) contribute positively to local economies and are important in retaining family members on farms. ES schemes have improved farmers’ management skills and environmental knowledge and given them a sense of pride in engaging with the public, helping with marketing and maintaining their incomes. The schemes can also help farmers to develop social networks.

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