CONSOLE - CONtract SOLutions for Effective and lasting delivery of agri-environmental-climate public goods by EU agriculture and forestry

CONSOLE_modified.pngThe objective of CONSOLE is to boost innovation in the lasting delivery of agri-environmental-climate public goods (AECPGs) by EU agriculture and forestry. To achieve this objective, CONSOLE builds a Community of Practice (CoP) to cocreate an empirically validated contractual framework, design and test effective and efficient contract models and support their implementation by multiple actors. The CONSOLE multi-actor and multidisciplinary team brings together 24 partners in 13 countries, covering representative typologies of actors involved in AECPGs contracts design and implementation (farmer organisations, regional administrations, consultancy companies, research institutions and water and forest management bodies). The CONSOLE framework will allow improved design and facilitate implementation of innovative contract solutions for the provision of AECPGs under various conditions across the EU. The CONSOLE framework includes: a) a catalogue showcasing successful experiences and good practices in AECPGs contracting and cooperation models; b) improved AECPGs contracts solutions and their assessment for different levels of governance; c) a comprehensive guide to the process for the design of AECPGs contracts; d) documentation, training and supporting materials. CONSOLE includes a comprehensive analysis of at least 52 case studies of existing experiences encompassing land tenure arrangements, result-based approaches, collective implementation and value chain-based remuneration, supported by surveys and modelling. Building upon these experiences, improved contract solutions will be developed in collaboration with the CoP. The CONSOLE framework will be tested in real decision-making contexts and will develop into a supporting tool for actors in the field, enabling the delivery and sustainability of AECPGs. Insights will improve policy design towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular through environmental policies and the post-2020 CAP.

eu_flag.jpgThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 817949

Project details

Scientific responsability: Fabio Bartolini

Funding source: HORIZON 2020

Call: H2020-RUR-2018-2

Start date: 01/05/2019 - end date: 30/04/2022

EU contribution: 4.999.998,75 €

EU contribution to UniFe: 30.029,84 €


  • Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna (Unibo), Italy
  • Regione Emilia Romagna (Rer), Italy
  • Consorzio di Bonifica della Romagna Occidentale (Cbro), Italy
  • Universitaet fuer Bodenkultur Wien (Boku), Austria
  • Ecorys Brussels Nv (Ecorys), Belgium
  • European Landowners Organization (Elo Asbl), Belgium
  • Sdruzhenie Asotsiatsiya na Agroekologichnite Zemedelski Proizvoditel (Aaef), Bulgaria
  • Institute of Agricultural Economics (Iae), Bulgaria
  • Johann Heinrich von Thuenen-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut Fuer Laendliche Raeume, Wald und Fischerei (Ti), Germany
  • Evenor Tech Sl (Evenor), Spain
  • Asociacion Agraria Jovenes Agricultores de Sevilla (Asaja), Spain
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Upm), Spain
  • Luonnonvarakeskus (Luke), Finland
  • Assemblee des Regions Europeennes Fruitieres Legumieres et Horticoles (Areflh), France
  • Association Trame (Trame), France
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Cnrs (Cnrs), France
  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (Inra), France
  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Ucc), Ireland
  • Università di Pisa (Unipi), Italy
  • Zemnieku Saeima (Zsa), Latvia
  • Stichting Vu (Vua), Netherlands
  • Stichting Het Wereld Natuur Fonds-Nederland (Wnf), Netherlands
  • Szkola Glowna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego (Sggw), Poland
  • University of Leeds (Uol), United Kingdom
  • Università degli Studi di Ferrara (Unife), Italy