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Dear colleague,

In 2017 the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will be critically revisited in preparation for the next CAP reform. Accordingly, the European Commission currently invites the public to provide comments via an online consultation, open until the 2nd of May.

Independently and complementary to the consultation, BirdLife, the European Environmental Bureau and NABU commissioned a project to conduct a „rapid evidence assessment“ for the impacts of the CAP on the economy, society and the environment. The project aims to indicate the available knowledge, and develop recommendations to improve the CAP in the short and longer terms.

In order to develop a comprehensive knowledge-base, your expertise is needed! If you have published on the ecological, economic or social impacts of the CAP, or are aware of papers looking into this topic, we would be grateful if you could contribute the findings via the questionnaire on the next pages, possibly by the 17th of April 2017 (prolonged deadline!) 

The questionnaire is structured to assess whether the CAP: 
1) fulfils its own objectives, 2) promotes or conflicts with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and whether it is 3) "Fit for purpose" according to the EU "Fitness Check" criteria: Effectiveness, Efficiency, Coherence (Internal and External), Relevance, and EU Added value.
 
Please insert findings either from an own publication, or from other papers that you are familiar with, if they address any of the above topics. To avoid duplication, please check which papers have already been included in our database (link here). 
 
Entering each paper into the survey may take you about 20-30 minutes. You will be able to insert up to two papers. If you wish to enlist more papers, please restart the questionnaire.
 
Should you want to inform us of additional relevant papers but you lack the time to fill the detailed information, please do so at the last page. Also if you wish to end the survey at any point, please proceed to the last page and press on "Done" to avoid loss of data. The last page will also offer you the place to provide general comments and recommendations. Once completing the survey, the results will be available for you to look at.
 
Your contribution will be integrated into our evolving database, which will be openly available for the public and scientific community to comment on, expand, and use later on. To receive further information, and allow us to contact you in case of questions or clarifications, please do insert your contact details below. 
 
Finally, please kindly distribute this questionnaire to colleagues or organizations who you believe can contribute to generating a comprehensive knowledge-base for robust recommendations.

Please note: Responses that are related to the effects of 'greening measures' on biodiversity and ecosystem services will be shared with the EU project EKLIPSE, where a call for knowledge was recently published (see link here).

All contributors to this questionnaire will be acknowledged in our report(s) if so desired.

Thank you very much for your support!

Guy Pe'er, Sebastian Lakner, Gioele Passoni, Yves Zinngrebe

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