Prototypical Policy Impacts on Multifunctional Activities in Rural Municipalities

Competition title: PRIMA FP7

Funding: EU programi

AFZ role: partner

Start date: 2008/01/01

End date: 2011/12/31



The project PRIMA (2008-2011) aimed to develop a method for scaling down the analysis of policy impacts on multifunctional land uses and on the economic activities. This method relies on micro-simulation and multi-agents models, designed and validated at municipality level, using input from stakeholders. The models address the structural evolution of the populations (appearance, disappearance and change of agents) depending on the local conditions for applying the structural policies on a set of municipality case studies. The considered policies were related to the use of Structural Funds (SFs), Cohesion Fund (CF), Preaccession funds (PAFs) and EAFRD (respectively CAP).

This project included the following actions:

Review the EU structural policies, identify driving forces at EU, national and regional levels for multi-functional land use activities and provide baselines for the design of national and regional scenarios on multifunctional land use activities.

Interaction with stakeholders: pre-model engagement with stakeholders in terms of scenario design and formulating agent decision rules for agent-based models, on-model engagement with stakeholders mirror-ing agent-based models, and post-model engagement with stakeholders in terms of assessing model out-puts.

Design and develop micro-simulation and multi-agents models, of local dynamics and of the impact of European structural policies at the municipality level.

Build a mapping between available data on municipalities and prototypical, contrasted evolutions of micro-simulation and agent based models. This will allow us to aggregate the results provided by these models at a regional level, on a set of regional case studies, and to compare these results with existing models at regional scale.

Investigate the potential of the approach to design a method that enhances the scope of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Sustainable Impact Assessment (SIA).


Nadine Turpin
CEMAGREF French institute


Prof. Mario Njavro, PhD
University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture

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