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Free Content A Blueprint for Green Co-Operatives: Organisations for Co-ordinating Environmental Management Across Farm Holdings

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Abstract:

Dutch environmental co-operatives (ECs) are voluntary clubs of farmers (and often non-farmers) working to enhance the natural environment and the rural economy. They can be described as boundary organisations as they bring together diverse interest groups to share perspectives, rekindle motivations, and develop and support innovative programmes. Their particular contribution is to co-ordinate environmental activities that span farm holdings thus addressing environmental problems at the most appropriate scale (e.g. landscape or catchment rather than the farm by farm approach typically used). This paper describes a sample of long-established and more recently established Dutch ECs, their emergence and growth, and the managerial, operational and financial arrangements they have to support their work. The principal aim of the paper is to show that these organisations can be established by small groups of dedicated farmers, with a shared interest. It is argued that this model provides an additional option for land managers and environmental agencies elsewhere facing similar environmental pressures.

Keywords: CO-OPERATION; COLLABORATION; INTEGRATION; NATURE MANAGEMENT

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-08-01

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