What is the "ideal" environmental certification system? Perspectives from industry, conservation and consumer groups

King, C. A. (2003). What is the "ideal" environmental certification system? Perspectives from industry, conservation and consumer groups. In: Proceedings of: 1st Australian Farming Systems Association Conference. 1st Australian Farming Systems Association Conference: Farming systems in the future, Toowoomba, Australia, (). 7-10 September 2003.

Author King, C. A.
Title of paper What is the "ideal" environmental certification system? Perspectives from industry, conservation and consumer groups
Conference name 1st Australian Farming Systems Association Conference: Farming systems in the future
Conference location Toowoomba, Australia
Conference dates 7-10 September 2003
Convener Christine King
Proceedings title Proceedings of: 1st Australian Farming Systems Association Conference
Publication Year 2003
Sub-type Fully published paper
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Perceptions of industry, conservation and consumer groups about the ‘Ideal’ Environmental Certification (EC) Scheme were explored using a qualitative research method known as Convergent Interviewing. A number of participants representing a variety of organisations took part in this study. The research showed that all groups supported the concept of environmental assurance for agricultural production and could identify a number of potential environmental, financial and social benefits. Similar and different themes emerged when comparing across the three groups, however there was a fundamental understanding that change is needed and a desire toward sustainability. There were also similarities and differences in opinion about how this could be achieved. Each group showed expertise and knowledge in different areas that would benefit the development of the ‘Ideal’ EC.

The research suggested that change in existing EC schemes is needed. Recommendations are put forward for consideration when developing future EC processes and systems. These include (i) current on-farm assurance schemes need to move toward a whole supply-chain approach requiring the input (negotiation and learning) of all stakeholders, including industry, government and community, (ii) future EC schemes need to sit within a wider framework of challenging existing industries in relation to the sustainability of landscapes, livelihoods and lifestyles at a global scale, and (iii) government and organisational support is required at the regional, national and global level to address constraints to EC schemes such as stakeholder awareness, research priorities and the power of multi-nationals and trade agreements within the market place.
Subjects 0502 Environmental Science and Management
0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
Keyword Environmental certification
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
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