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Decision makers

    Decision makers (public officials and officers) have a large responsibility in agri-environmental questions. They do not however always have access to the latest information and sometimes what is important from one viewpoint can be very hard to actually put in to practice. Their task is not simple.

    Current situation

    Decision makers in this context are all involved in making the decisions in agri-environmental issues in Finland.  The decisions concerning Finnish agriculture are prepared in the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Environment, pass by the European Commission and finally the Finnish Council of State. On a practical level local officials make decisions in municipalities  and in Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY-keskus in Finnish).

    These decisions are based on expert opinions and discussion from working groups. For example the work group in change of preparing the changes to environmental subsidies often requests expert opinions.

     

    Parts of the agri-environmental support scheme have become so impractical over the years that farmers have stopped implementing them. This means the support system has to be change that it serves those applying it – and the other way around.

    If decisions are made separate from practical agriculture they often stay theoretical and are hard to implement.


    Goals

     

    -The decision making process should listen more to the people doing the practical work.
    -The research should be clearer to support better decision making.
    -The process should be examined with criticism and implement changes to make it more practical.
    -The different form of subsidies should be more user friendly and attractive so that the agricultural environment would benefit more from the Euros spent on it.


    To do

     

    - More information to decision makers about studies and challenges on the practical level. Perhaps a new way of communication is needed between farmers, scientist and decision makers?
    - Scientists and farmers should be more involved in decision making
    - More workforce to the decision making process is needed