Stefano Targetti

Stefano Targetti
University of Bologna | UNIBO · Department of Agri-Food Sciences and Technologies

PhD

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Introduction
Stefano Targetti currently works at the University of Bologna, Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, working on the EU H2020 CONSOLE Project "CONtract Solutions for Effective and lasting delivery of agri-environmental-climate public goods by EU agriculture and forestry" (https://console-project.eu/)
Additional affiliations
September 2016 - present
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
Position
  • Senior Researcher
September 2015 - July 2016
Aix-Marseille Université
Position
  • Invited Researcher
March 2010 - September 2015
University of Bologna
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  • PostDoc Position

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Publications (57)
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Eco‐schemes are set to play an important role in the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post‐2022 for the delivery of environmental and climate benefits and enhanced animal welfare. This article surveys current plans for the design of eco‐schemes in fifteen European Union Member States. The number of eco‐scheme measures to be offered...
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The European Union's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has not halted farmland biodiversity loss. The CAP post‐2023 has a new ‘‘Green Architecture,’’ including the new ‘‘Eco‐scheme’’ instrument. How can this new Green Architecture help tackle the biodiversity crisis? Through 13 workshops and an online survey, over 300 experts from 23 European Member...
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Contract attributes are strong motivators for eliciting farmers’ preferences for a particular agri-environmental scheme. Our study aims to conduct a systematic literature review to highlight the attributes used in choice experiment studies of agri-environmental schemes using the PRISMA framework. We obtained 34 studies for an in-depth review, throu...
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The attention towards residents’ perceptions of ecosystem services for an efficient management of rural landscapes is gaining momentum. One noteworthy aspect is the identification of links between perceived supply and societal demand of ecosystem services, as they can disclose leverages to improve rural policies. The objectives of this study are: i...
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Developing long-term visions through participatory approaches can be very useful to explore different possible scenarios and pathways to reach desirable futures. This brief report describes a participatory process carried out in the Emilia-Romagna region (Italy) to develop a long-term vision for rural areas by 2040. This approach consisted of: (i)...
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Developing long-term visions through participatory approaches can be very useful to explore different possible scenarios and pathways to reach desirable futures. This brief report describes a participatory process carried out in the Emilia-Romagna region (Italy) to develop a long-term vision for rural areas by 2040. This approach consisted of: (i)...
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Current vegetation of alpine grasslands has been shaped by the combination of natural ecological factors (such as climate, soil, topography) and human activities, mainly represented by animal grazing and agricultural practices. An assessment of these factors can explain the present composition of plant communities and help to evaluate the future de...
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In Europe, growing concerns about the environmental impacts of agriculture have stimulated the development of more efficient governance options to be included in, or to complement, current agri-environmental policies. However, a significant hurdle for the implementation of enhanced policy tools is the difficult adaptation of promising approaches, s...
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Social-ecological systems in the Mediterranean Basin are characterised by high biodiversity and a prolonged cultural influence, leading to the co-evolution of these systems. The unique characteristics of Mediterranean social-ecological systems, current pressures leading to a decline in ecosystem services, and the need for coordinated action are rec...
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Couvrant quelques 30% de la surface de la terre non couverte par la glace et représentant 70% des terres agricoles, les 3,4 milliards d'hectares de prairies jouent un rôle important en ce qui a trait à l’existence et l'adaptation aux changements de plus d'un milliard de personnes qui dépendent de l'élevage (FAO, 2010). En outre, à l’échelle mondial...
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The reduction of traditional management practices is a major threat for the conservation of permanent grasslands in many European marginal areas. The ecological importance of grasslands is acknowledged by the European Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC (1992) which includes many natural or semi-natural grassland types, and by the growing attention of soc...
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This chapter aims to review and summarize potentials and limitations of the use of the Analytic Network Process in the context of the evaluation of public goods provision from agricultural systems. The chapter provides a description and a step-by-step explanation of the method, and presents insights from three recent papers using the Analytic Netwo...
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Given the heterogeneity and richness of Mediterranean farming systems, it is difficult to assess the nature and causes of observed dynamics based on single case studies. This research identifies case studies conducted on the north and south of the Mediterranean basin to provide a comprehensive overview of the current land and farming system dynamic...
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Agricultural landscapes affect regional development and competitiveness in a way far beyond the production of agricultural commodities. However, comprehensive assessments of the relevant cause-effects between agricultural landscape and regional competitiveness are complex and they require a range of ecological, economic and social aspects to be con...
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Summary 1. To evaluate progress on political biodiversity objectives, biodiversity monitoring provides information on whether intended results are being achieved. Despite scientific proof that monitoring and evaluation increase the (cost) efficiency of policy measures, cost estimates for monitoring schemes are seldom available, hampering their inc...
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To which extent landscape and its management represents an asset of local development in terms of welfare, population growth and employment creation, and a driver of regional economy is a relevant issue tackled by a growing body of literature building upon different methodological backgrounds. Analyses focusing on residents’ perception towards land...
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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 feed...
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In the Italian Alps, local climate, topography and soil play a dominant role in pasture distribution. In this study, pre-existent layers of spatial data were used to identify the geographical locations of the main pasture communities (macrotypes) dominating these mountainous areas and to characterize them environmentally. The influence of the envir...
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The study analyses the contribution of relevant economic actors to the provision of private and public goods in agricultural landscapes. A method consisting of a multi-sectoral perspective and an integrated approach based on the analytic network process (ANP) and the use of selected local stakeholders is applied. The usefulness of the method is dem...
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Forty percent of the EU land area is currently considered to be agriculturally managed (utilised agricultural area - UAA - Eurostat Agricultural Census 2010), and attention to the environmental performance of farming practices is growing. To determine the performance of agricultural practices, farm-scale monitoring programmes are required but their...
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Fourty percent of the EU land area is currently considered to be agriculturally managed, and there is growing attention to the environmental performance of farming practices. This involves the need for farm-scale monitoring programmes for sustainability, but their implementation is ampere by a number of difficulties such as the identification of in...
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Agricultural landscape is a complex system composed by interrelated ecological, economic and social sub-systems. Disentangling interactions and mechanisms in such a context is, therefore, difficult and involves knowledge and methodologies developed in different scientific fields. In this paper we propose a multicriteria approach – namely the Analyt...
Technical Report
The impact of agricultural management on global biodiversity highlights the need for farm-scale monitoring programmes capable of determining the performance of agriculture practices. Yet the identification of appropriate indicators is a challenging process and one that involves considering a number of different aspects and requirements. Besides the...
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Analytic Network Process (ANP) an evaluation approach of relevant causal connections between, agriculture, landscape and local economy
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As European rural territories diversify, an increasing number of local actors are getting involved in the provision of private and public goods and services from agricultural landscapes. In this paper, we analyse the contribution of the relevant economic actors to the production of socio-economic benefits from agricultural landscapes, by way of the...
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Landscape policies target a complex matter, and their assessment seems to require a refinement of the traditional analytical tools. Agent Based Models (ABM) are a class of simulation models used to reproduce complex systems, and they are increasingly used to investigate the effect of agricultural policies on landscape characteristics (An, 2012; Fil...
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Agricultural landscapes are an important element of European culture. Also, there is an increasing recognition that agricultural landscapes represent economic assets, not only because of the production of agricultural commodities, but also by offering significant opportunities for the socioeconomic development of rural areas. However, in literature...
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Agricultural landscapes are important elements of European culture. There is an increasing recognition that agricultural landscapes represent economic assets; not only because of the production of agricultural commodities, but also by offering significant opportunities for the socioeconomic development of rural areas. However, in literature there i...
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Organic and low-input farming practices are considered keystones for the conservation of biodiversity in semi-natural systems. Accordingly, attention to the assessment of the benefits stemming from these activities is increasing in order to provide a solid base for the adoption of agro-environmental incentives and to support their monitoring and ev...
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Since the 1950s, intensification and scale enlarge-ment of agriculture have changed agricultural landscapes across Europe. The intensification and scale enlargement of farming was initially driven by the large-scale application of synthetic fertilizers, mechanization and subsidies of the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Then, after the 19...
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More than 70% of land in European Union is directly influenced by human activities related to agriculture and forestry. Therefore, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is one of the main driver of change of rural landscapes. The CAP has evolved through is history from a specific “production-oriented” policy aiming at ensuring food supply at lower c...
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About one-third of the world’s land surface is used for farming, a fact that bears important implications for biodiversity. In Europe, for instance, an estimated 50 percent of all wild species are reliant on agricultural habitats, while agricultural productivity often depends on the presence or absence of particular species. Despite this close coup...
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Up to now the causal relationships between the maintenance and valorisation of landscape and the socio-economic benefits are not comprehensively understood and aggregated in a form that would facilitate the design of suitable policies to support effective landscape management. Therefore, the overall aim of CLAIM is the development of an evidence-ba...
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Do leaf functional traits describe variation in the intensity of management in semi-natural grasslands? Mugello, North Apennines, Italy. In an ecologically homogeneous area, we identified four grassland management practices (three different stocking rates and abandonment for 10 or more years). We measured leaf functional traits (LFT) of three domin...
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In Brief About one-third of the world's land surface is used for farming, a fact that bears important implications for biodiversity. In Europe, for instance, an estimated 50 percent of all wild species are reliant on agricultural habitats, while agricultural productivity often depends on the presence or absence of particular species. Despite this c...
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Organic and low-input farming systems provide habitats for wildlife on farmland. The EU FP7 project BIOBIO has identified a core set of 23 indicators relating to the diversity of habitats, of species, of crops and of livestock. Management indicators capturing the pressure on biodiversity are also proposed. The indicators were identified in an itera...
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pastoral resources in mountain areas. The utility of multispectral images was evacuate to produce thematic cartography of the studied pastures and to determine their pastoral value, a useful parameter for management purposes. Data collected by the multispectral ASTER sensor, with a 15 m spatial resolution in the VISNIR, 30 m in the SWIR, and 90 m i...
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A comprehensive quantification of biodiversity in farming systems would require a very significant amount of work (and funds) even for a small area. Therefore, biodiversity indicators are needed to solve the problem of the measurement feasibility. Even though the issue of cost and effectiveness is central for the evaluation of the indicators, only...
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The abandonment of the traditional pastoral practices is acknowledged as the main causes of the shrub-encroachment in the alpine semi-natural grasslands. In this paper, we proposed a state-and-transition approach in order to organize pastoral vegetation in a simple management-oriented framework integrating ecological data. The study sites were chos...
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The present investigation was carried out in Val Visdende (north-eastern Italian Alps) on a surface of 1108 ha, with the aim of identifying the most important pasture vegetation types. Based on the conditions observed in the area, main parameters concerning topographic, ecological and management conditions were evaluated and expressed using synthet...
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Attention to the effects of agriculture on biodiversity is currently increasing. Yet the measurement of biodiversity is both time-consuming and costly. Considering the limited budgets available for biodiversity conservation, it is timely to focus on the cost analysis of biodiversity indicators in order to ensure the optimization of the scarce funds...

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SHERPA is funded by the Horizon 2020 programme and aims to contribute to the formulation of recommendations for future policies relevant to EU rural areas, by creating a science-society-policy interface which provides a hub for knowledge and policy.
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