Title: Assessing the cost, effectiveness and acceptability of best management farming practices: a pluri-disciplinary approach

Authors: Nadine Turpin, Ramon Laplana, Peter Strauss, Minna Kaljonen, Frederic Zahm, Veronique Begue

Addresses: INRA-ESR, 4, allee Adolphe Bobierre, CS 61103, 35011 Rennes Cedex, France. Cemagref Clermont-Ferrand, UMR Metafort Complexe universitaire des Cezeaux 24 avenue des Landais, BP50085 63172 AUBIERE Cedex, France ' Cemagref Bordeaux, Unite de recherche Agriculture et Dynamique de l'Espace Rural, 50, Avenue de Verdun, 33612 Gazinet Cedex, France. ' Bundesamt fur Wasserwirtschaft, Institut fur Kulturtechnik und Bodenwasserhaushalt, Pollnbergstrasse 1, 3252 Petzenkirchen, Austria. ' Finnish Environment Institute, P.O. Box 140, Kesakatu 6 – 00251 Helsinki, Finland. ' Cemagref Bordeaux, Unite de recherche Agriculture et Dynamique de l'Espace Rural, 50, Avenue de Verdun, 33612 Gazinet Cedex, France. ' Chambre d'agriculture, 13, Rue d'Angers, 44110 Chateaubriant, France

Abstract: The AgriBMPWater project has been imagined and built in a pluri-disciplinary approach and framework, with the study of the object |BMPs| using several disciplines at the same time (hydrology, economy, sociology, geography and agronomy). The knowledge of the object in each discipline is deepened by a fertile multi-field contribution: borders of disciplines have been broken down, allowing crossbreeding between different scientific fields. This crossbreeding becomes necessary as sustainability in agriculture and livestock production gathers together very different and evolving notions. Moreover, crossbreeding between scientific findings and on-farm application contributed to enrich the analysis.

Keywords: cost-effectiveness; nonpoint source pollution; acceptability; best practice; best management practices; multi-disciplinary; hydrology; economy; sociology; geography; agronomy; environmental sustainability; sustainable development; agriculture; livestock production; water quality; rural watersheds; water pollution; water preservation; agri-environmental measures.

DOI: 10.1504/IJARGE.2006.009167

International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, 2006 Vol.5 No.2/3, pp.272 - 288

Published online: 07 Mar 2006 *

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