Task 6.1

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Task 6.1: Societal valuation of land use and land conversion: Consequences for optimal land use policies

| Leader |
Yves Surry
| SLU |

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First, Task 6.1 will assess the societal value of alternative uses of land in order to gauge how much public intervention (e.g., land taxes, intervention on the land market) can reduce possible market failures. An integrated micro-level model, based on the dynamic model of land allocation, that assumes land uses are often mutually exclusive and changes can be irreversible (e.g., urbanisation of farmland), will be created. This framework will be complemented by an empirical analysis of the societal value of land uses from three cases. The long-run sustainability of ongoing land use changes will be analysed by comparing the current land allocation against the optimal one predicted by the model. This analysis will use data from three case studies in Sweden, Italy, and France. This step will use case studies developed in WP5. Second, we will use the calibrated parameters of the dynamic valuation of land use to provide an analytical and empirical base for designing implementable policies. These policies may help make EU land use allocation closer to the social optimum, taking into account the value of ecosystem services. The proposals will particularly target distributions of payments, other forms of support granted under the CAP, and structural funds. Recommendations will also be made for other policies that could drive changes in the allocation of land, particularly for energy pricing, zoning, and land conservation.

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