Glossary:Agri-environmental indicator (AEI)

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A set of 28 agri-environmental indicators, sometimes abbreviated as AEI, has been proposed for monitoring the integration of environmental concerns into the Common agricultural policy (CAP). In the context of the 'Renewed EU Sustainable Development Strategy', these indicators serve to:

  • provide information on the farmed environment;
  • track the impact of agriculture on the environment;
  • assess the impact of agricultural and environmental policies on environmental management of farms;
  • inform agricultural and environmental policy decisions;
  • illustrate agri-environmental relationships to the broader public.

Analytical framework: DPSIR model

Domain Sub-domain Nr Title
Responses Public policy 1 Agri-environmental commitments
2 Agricultural areas under Natura 2000
Technology and skills 3 Farmers’ training level and use of environmental farm advisory services
Market signals and attitudes 4 Area under organic farming
Driving forces Input use 5 Mineral fertiliser consumption
6 Consumption of pesticides
7 Irrigation
8 Energy use
Land use 9 Land use change
10.1 Cropping patterns
10.2 Livestock patterns
Farm management 11.1 Soil cover
11.2 Tillage practices
11.3 Manure storage
Trends 12 Intensification/extensification
13 Specialisation
14 Risk of land abandonment
Pressures and risks Pollution 15 Gross nitrogen balance
16 Risk of pollution by phosphorus
17 Pesticide risk
18 Ammonia emissions
19 Greenhouse gas emissions
Resource depletion 20 Water abstraction
21 Soil erosion
22 Genetic diversity
Benefits 23 High Nature Value farmland
24 Renewable energy production
State/Impact Biodiversity and habitats 25 Population trends of farmland birds
Natural resources 26 Soil quality
27.1 Water quality - Nitrate pollution
27.2 Water quality - Pesticide pollution
Landscape 28 Landscape - state and diversity


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