The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has proposed a framework for developing environmental indicators for agriculture in a new report. The initiative reflects international interest in making agricultural policies, such as the EU s Common Agricultural Policy, more environmentally sustainable. It also reflects a growing global importance of environmental indicators to underpin policies for sustainable development and to define the balance between environmental and trade policies. The report describes issues that should be considered in drawing up environmental indicators, including farm management practices, availability of farm financial resources and socio-cultural influences alongside more obvious parameters such as pesticide and water use.
Environmental indicators for agriculture, from OECD (mail orders), fax: +33 1 49 10 42 76.
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