Complementary Action Description EFFECT

A European H2020 project, with the objective to analyse, develop and test contracts to improve environmental performance in the agricultural sector. Nine innovation cases conducted in different economic, social and legal contexts are used to empirically test the effectiveness of the new contractual frameworks. They are co-designed and developed with local stakeholders, in order to reconcile farmers’ activities with the achievement of public benefits for the entire society.

Funded by: European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
Project Duration : 2019 - 2023 (4 years)
Budget: 28.125 Euro

Project Objectives

Environmental quality, economic sustainability, interdisciplinary research, stakeholders’ demands, local farmers’ needs and policy advice.

These concepts are often perceived as distant from each other. However, in EFFECT they are combined to analyse, develop and test contract frameworks. This aims to reconcile farmers’ private benefits from farming and environmental and climate public goods.


The project is composed by 7 work packages, involving specific competences but tightly connected and equally essential to reach our objectives.

WPs 3, 4 and 5 provide the research perspectives and contain the more theoretical part of the project. WPs 2 and 6 translate this information into empirical analysis and practical outcomes. WP1 coordinates the project, and WP7 is in charge of its communication and dissemination.

EFFECT will develop and pilot a package of new contractual frameworks, enabling farmers to reconcile agricultural production with enhanced delivery of environmental and climate public goods and services to the benefit of society at large. EFFECT pursues this through a transdisciplinary effort involving a review of past successes and failures; and development and test of new forms of contracts. EFFECT combines agricultural and environmental science knowledge with theoretical and empirical insights from law, political science and economics, and  will combine efforts from researchers and multiple practice partners and stakeholders to ensure that lessons learned from previous initiatives and our testing of emerging contract frameworks are validated on the ground. EFFECT’s ambition, which is based in the solid experience in the consortium, is to promote our co-developed agri-environmental contract arrangements being put to actual use towards the end of the project.


We are 19 partners from different countries, as well as from different fields of expertise, but with a balanced set of competences. Both academic and professional organizations are involved, constituting an ideal team to reach the objectives and the impacts set by the project.

The academic partners covers the theoretical and empirical aspects of the key disciplines of relevance: economics, law, political science, ecology and agricultural science.

The practice and stakeholder partners represents a significant range of the multiple types of actors relevant for the focus of EFFECT’s effort. They have a broad network in their respective regions and good relations with counterparts in the policy arena.

Project Updates

Fundatia ADEPT will co-lead the Romanian innovation case-study on Result-based payment schemes. They will contribute with information and support to understand the motivational and behavioral responses of farmers to result-based payments as compared with practice-based payments. They will assist in collecting data in the field. They will also organize three workshops with local stakeholders for dissemination of project results.

Managing Body & Contact

Razvan Popa

Technical Director - Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania

Tel: 0044 (0) 752 264 592

Biodiversity conservation and community development in Transylvania