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Public goods from agriculture and forestry

Why does research and innovation on public goods from agriculture and forestry matter?

Agriculture and forestry are unique sectors delivering, alongside commercial products, societal public goods such as biodiversity, water regulation, landscape, erosion control, resilience to floods and climate change mitigation.

The increasing value assigned by society to the environment, culture and heritage of rural areas can be a driver of their sustainable growth.

This has materialised to a certain extent for public goods related to culture and heritage, e.g. tourism based on traditional landscapes or traditional food. However, the situation is less favourable for most environmental public goods.

Farmers and foresters are managing most of the EU land and, depending on practices used, can be sources of a wealth of environmental public goods for the benefit of rural areas and society.

Research activities can help improve the understanding of the complex interactions between primary production systems and ecosystems services. They should support the provision of these public goods and services through the delivery of management solutions, decision-support and monitoring tools and the assessment of their market and non-market value.

Funding opportunities

Horizon Europe

Calls for proposals and funding information related to agriculture, forestry and rural areas.

Horizon 2020

Calls for proposals related to public goods from agriculture and forestry are spread across numerous schemes in Horizon 2020. This page lists them and explains how you can apply.

European agricultural fund for rural development

The rural development policy supports innovation through a range of interventions, including the European innovation partnership for agriculture (EIP-AGRI).

LIFE programme

Some public goods from agrciculture and forestry related calls may be found in this programme.

Projects and results

AgriResearch factsheet on public goods from agriculture and forestry

This factsheet collects most of the research and innovation related to public goods under Horizon 2020 societal challenge 2.

EIP-AGRI agricultural innovation project database

The one-stop shop to EU-funded agricultural innovation projects.

Research project database (CORDIS) 

The Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects.

Project success stories

Stories of particularly successful EU-funded research projects

Collaboration and jobs

EIP-AGRI activities on public goods from agriculture and forestry

The EIP-AGRI fosters innovation in agriculture and forestry connecting knowledge and practice.

Find project partners

Search and view profiles of all organisations that have received funding via the funding and tenders portal.


Researcher jobs in related fields. 

Scientific publications, tools and databases

Scientific publications 

Scientific publications produced by the European Commission (JRC).

Scientific research tools and databases 

The Commission's Joint Research Centre compiles databases and develops software and modelling tools.

EU Open Data Portal 

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions. All data is free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.


You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE.


Access to agriculture data from the Copernicus programme.