The primary objective of this study was to evaluate a conservation cover incentive program as one of a suite of potential fiscal instruments to aid in increasing the ecological integrity of the agricultural landscapes of Canada. To this end the study will attempt to quantify the benefits and costs attributable to converting annual crop land to perennial vegetative cover that is no longer used for agricultural purposes.
The objective of this case study is to determine the feasibility of redirecting some of the governments' taxation and expenditure programs affecting farmers across Canada to meet conservation needs and accelerate/encourage pollution reduction from farmlands. It focuses on Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) and Ecological Fiscal Reform; Property Tax Credits for Conservation ; and the Conservation Cover Incentive Program through Case Studies of the Grand River Watershed, Ontario, Upper Assiniboine River Basin, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Mill River Watershed, Prince Edward Island.
As part of its Millennium Program the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy(NRTEE) established the Task Force on the Conservation of Natural Heritage. The end result of the Task Forces work is to produce a NRTEE State of the Debate report with targeted recommendations in the spring of 2003 (an interim report is expected in the fall of 2002) for governments and decision-makers across Canada. The NRTEE may use some recommendations as the basis for its Greening of the Budget 2003 submission. Most of this report is a brief summary of proposals to support sustainable agriculture.