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Advisory Board meeting: assessing progress and planning ahead

Jun 12, 2024 | Tools4CAP Updates

Authors: Miranda García and Blanca Casares (AEIDL)

On 7 June 2024, Tools4CAP hosted its third online meeting with the Advisory Board to strategically review project progress and plan de direction for the upcoming months. The session primarily aimed to gather valuable insights from Advisory Board members on ongoing work package (WP) advancements, the tools and methods provided to CAP management authorities and their application in case studies.

The meeting began with an overview from the project coordinator, Ecorys, highlighting achieved outcomes, such as the Inventory of methods and tools, and the Tool4CAP conceptual framework. They also discussed recent EU decisions on CAP Strategic Plans, stressing the importance of choosing tools that meet future programming needs. Each work package then presented its progress, and Advisory Board members provided feedback to help guide the next steps.

Recommendations

During the meeting, the Advisory Board members, senior experts and academics with great experience in the analysis of CAP as a public policy, engaged in discussions with Tools4CAP Consortium members regarding various critical aspects to guide future endeavours. The meeting discussed crucial points, including how tools and methods can support efforts to address social and environmental needs linked to the sustainability focus of National CAP Strategic Plans, the scope of case studies, highlighting that case studies can aim to provide managing authorities with sufficient knowledge to be able to coordinate work with external assistance.

Board members shared examples and contacts, highlighting the needs of certain Member States given their experience both at national and regional level.

Knowing that implementation costs differ significantly, some countries foresee limitations for additional investment in testing and require additional expertise and experience. One of the important tasks of Tools4CAP is to assist in training and planning.

The group also discussed the challenge of the case studies’ implementation timeframe, noting that it coincides with both the current Plans’ implementation and amendment phase and the design of the new phase. They suggested it is essential to identify and engage end-users through various communication channels and to monitor their involvement closely.

Progress check

Wageningen Economic Research, WP2 leader, showcased key findings and lessons learned from the assessment of the potential existing and innovative modelling tools. The Dutch team also provided updates on the exploration of innovative quantitative tools, and the drafting and fine tuning of methodological guidelines that is part of this WP2 “Screening and development of innovative quantitative tools”.

The Institute for Rural Development Research, as the leader of WP3 “Co-designing participatory and multi-level governance decision tools”, centred its presentation on qualitative tools for informed decision-making. They highlighted key challenges identified in this regard, including the current multi-level governance of the CAP and its complexity, obstacles to evidence-based policy-making, capacity limitations, transparency issues, and data availability concerns. Additionally, WP3 leaders provided insights into the Implementation Protocol Structure aimed at informed decision-making.

NEUROPUBLIC, shared insights from the integration of farm level data towards CAP monitoring and evaluation. They lead WP4 “Integration and interoperability of new data, technology and digitalisation” and work on how this integration can be linked to the landscape monitoring tools, considering potential obstacles like data governance, interoperability, and data sharing mechanisms.

The University of Ljubljana, leading WP5 “Replication lab: demonstration, support to adaptation and uptake”, aims to establish a Replication Lab to demonstrate the use of innovative methods and tools in 10 Member States and to promote their uptake across the EU-27. They presented the case studies’ demonstration planning and set-up. Currently, Tools4CAP is establishing the principles and approach for the selection of case studies, reaching out to Member States to sound out their interest in the 16 proposed tools identified by the Consortium members.

Finally, AEIDL, which leads the communication and capacity building work through the TOOLS4CAP Academy which is an innovative knowledge transfer experience to help Managing Authority better deliver CAP Strategic Plans. AEIDL provided an overview of its WP6 on communication and dissemination guidelines, presenting the project’s editorial principles, activities and roles.

Next steps

Moving forward, for the remainder of 2024 the project will focus on refine and adapt existing innovative tools used by managing authorities or those developed within the research project team. Further efforts will be made to enhance existing participatory and multi-level governance decision tools, or develop new ones where necessary, to ensure effective stakeholder engagement and decision-making processes. Furthermore, an approach for landscape monitoring will be devised to provide data for performance monitoring and support evaluation.

The Advisory Board will continue to play a pivotal role, and in the first semester of 2025, they will provide feedback on the methodological guidelines as well as opinion on the set-up of case studies to demonstrate methods and tools. They were also invited to participate in the upcoming modules of the Tools4CAP Academy.