Evaluation study of the forestry measures under rural development
The objective of the contract was to carry out an ‘assessment of the contribution of FM under Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 to achieving the strategic objectives of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the objectives of Rural Development Programmes as laid down in Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 consisting of (1) fostering the competitiveness of agriculture (2) ensuring the sustainable management of natural resources and climate action, and (3) achieving a balanced territorial development of rural economies and communities including the creation and maintenance of employment, and the six Union... priorities for rural development as laid down in Art. 5 of this regulation. The evaluation also sought to assess the efficiency, relevance, coherence and EU added value of the RD measures in supporting the implementation of sustainable forest management. The measures in the scope of this evaluation were the FM as set out in Articles 21 – 26 and 34 of Reg. (EU) No 1305/2013 (measures 8 and 15 of RDPs). As part of the assessment of coherence with other actions, the evaluation also considered the whole set of Rural Development measures with an impact on the forest sector (e.g. training, cooperation, innovation, etc.). It also had to consider other CAP measures complementary to the FM, e.g. cross compliance and the ‘greening’ measures related to ecological focus areas (EFAs) under the Direct Payments Regulation [Regulation (EU) 1307/2013], and other measures, including regulatory, at national or regional level.