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Agricultural policies and the emergence of voluntary landscape enhancement efforts: an exploratory analysis of rural tourism using an agent-based model

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Conservation and enhancement of ecosystem services have become a priority of rural policies. Feedback loops from rural policies on ecosystem service supply have often been highlighted in the literature, but only vaguely investigated. In this paper, we model feedback loops from rural policies through an agent-based model, and we analyse whether feedback loops can indirectly create a system in which voluntarily landscape enhancement emerges from the interactions between farmers and rural tourists. The results suggest that, in certain conditions, feedback loops from policies can be a relevant element to take into account, but that greater attention to the ecosystem service demand is required.
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Keywords: agent-based model; agri-environmental payment; rural tourism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy 2: Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Publication date: December 2, 2015

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