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Agricultural and Environmental Informatics, Governance and Management

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Information and communication technologies (ICT) play an increasingly important role in the socio-economic environment of rural areas, and e-governance can empower citizens by facilitating their access to information and participatory decision-making. Agricultural and Environmental Informatics, Governance and Management: Emerging Research Applications is a state-of-the-art reference book which explores how rural policymakers and stakeholders can use information and communication technologies to sustainably manage agricultural and natural resources. The book explores how ICT can support public governance and rural decision-making, how supply chain and agricultural informatics tools and methods can improve agricultural management, and how ICT is especially useful for environmental, resource, and ecosystems management and for geospatial landscape planning. The book integrates cross-disciplinary knowledge about agricultural and environmental applications of informatics, connecting science and policy on a subject critical to the present and future quality of life in rural areas.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
  5. Preface
  6. Acknowledgment
  7. Section 1: Public Governance
    1. Chapter 1: Institutional Framework for Analyzing Sustainability in European Agriculture and Rural Areas
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK
      4. DIMENSIONS OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
      5. DESIGNING BETTER INSTITUTIONS FOR IMPROVING SUSTAINABILITY OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AREAS
      6. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 2: Ex-Post Analyses of Agri-Environment Schemes
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. MAIN FOCUS OF THE CHAPTER
      5. RESULTS
      6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      7. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 3: Local Authority Websites in Rural Areas
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. INFORMATION SOCIETY, RURAL SPACE AND LOCAL AUTHORITY WEBSITES
      4. LOCAL AUTHORITY WEBSITE ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY
      5. A CASE STUDY IN POLAND
      6. A LIMITED INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON
      7. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 4: Application of a Participatory Ex Ante Assessment Model for Environmental Governance and Visualizing Sustainable Redevelopment in Gorj County, Romania
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF AN EX ANTE ASSESSMENT TOOL
      5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      6. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 5: Sustainable Governance in the Integrated System “Environment-Agriculture–Health” Through ICTs
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE INTEGRATED SYSTEM “ENVIRONMENT-AGRICULTURE-HEALTH”
      4. TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE GOVERNANCE OF THE INTEGRATED SYSTEM: THE ROLE OF ICTS
      5. AN EMPIRICAL SURVEY ON THE FARMS
      6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      7. CONCLUSION
    6. Chapter 6: Monitoring, Analyzing and Understanding the Dynamics of Complex Processes
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. RESULTS
      5. REFLECTION
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. Appendix
  8. Section 2: Agriculture and Supply Chain Management
    1. Chapter 7: The Metapontum Agro-Food District of Quality
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. MAIN FOCUS OF THE CHAPTER
      5. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 8: Design and Modelling Approaches for Advanced Agricultural Fleet Management Systems
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. SHORT REVIEW ON AGRICULTURAL FLEET MANAGEMENT
      4. CATEGORISATION OF THE AGRICULTURAL FIELD OPERATIONS
      5. MODELLING EXAMPLES
      6. INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS FOR AN AGRICULTURAL FLEET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
      7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      8. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 9: ICT Adoption in Farm Management, as a Mean of Implementing Agricultural Governance
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. AGRICULTURAL GOVERNANCE THROUGH ICT
      5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      6. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 10: Governance Structures in the EU Milk Supply Chain
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
      4. EMPIRICAL METHODOLOGY AND DATA
      5. RESULTS
      6. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 11: A Framework to Perceive and Incorporate Information Technology Governance within the Agrifood Industry
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. A PROPOSED STRATEGY FOR ITG PRACTICES
      5. CONCLUSION AND FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    6. Chapter 12: Information Technologies in Quality Management Systems of Meat Product Chains
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. IDENTIFICATION TECHNOLOGIES, FOOD QUALITY MANAGEMENT AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS
      5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      6. CONCLUSION
    7. Chapter 13: Sustainable Management of Agricultural Resources and the Need for Stakeholder Participation for the Developing of Appropriate Sustainability Indicators
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE CONCEPT OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
      4. MEASURING AND ASSESSING SUSTAINABILITY
      5. THE CONCEPT OF SUSTAINABILITY INDICATORS
      6. THE NEED FOR MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES IN ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND IN USING SUSTAINABILITY INDICATORS
      7. STAKEHOLDER PARTICIPATION FOR ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND FOR APPROPRIATE USE OF SUSTAINABILITY INDICATORS
      8. SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND INDICATORS FOR MEASURING AGRICULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY
      9. SOIL QUALITY, INDICATORS AND INTER-DISCIPLINARY DEVELOPMENT OF APPROPRIATE INDICATORS FOR ASSESSMENT OF AGRICULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY
      10. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      11. CONCLUSION
    8. Chapter 14: Towards Electronic and Mobile Government Service Provision for Agriculture
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. DEVELOPING THE EMG FRAMEWORK
      5. APPLYING THE EMG FRAMEWORK
      6. CONCLUSION
  9. Section 3: Environment and Resource Conservation
    1. Chapter 15: A Governance and Ecosystems Management Approach to the Conservation of Biodiversity
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. OBJECTIVES OF THE RESEARCH
      4. SCIENTIFIC APPROACH - METHODOLOGY
      5. OUTCOMES
      6. NEW KNOWLEDGE
      7. POLICY GUIDELINES
      8. CONCLUDING REMARKS
    2. Chapter 16: Marine Living Resource Management and Fishing Effort Control in View of Socioeconomic Reality
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. MAIN FOCUS OF THE CHAPTER
      5. METHODOLOGY
      6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      7. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 17: E-Governance and Management of Inland Water Ecosystems Using Time-Series Analysis of Fishery Production
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. FORECASTING FISHERY PRODUCTION FOR SUSTAINABLE FISHERY MANAGEMENT
      5. FISHERY PRODUCTION MODELS USING TIME SERIES ANALYSIS FOR SUSTAINABILTITY
      6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      7. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 18: Agriculture and Conservation in the Natura 2000 Network
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      5. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 19: The Improvement of Environmental Performance in the Nonprofit Sector Through Informatics
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. THE IMPROVEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
      5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      6. CONCLUSION
  10. Section 4: Geospatial Landscape Planning
    1. Chapter 20: Participatory GIS for Integrating Local and Expert Knowledge in Landscape Planning
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. PARTICIPATORY GIS (P-GIS) METHODS
      4. LANDSCAPE PLANNING AND PARTICIPATION OF LOCAL PEOPLE: GOALS, CONCEPTUAL AND METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH
      5. LANDSCAPE PLANNING AND PARTICIPATION OF LOCAL PEOPLE: INFORM AND CONSULT
      6. LANDSCAPE PLANNING AND PARTICIPATION OF LOCAL PEOPLE: INVOLVE AND COLLABORATE
      7. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      8. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      9. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 21: Environmental Quality Monitoring, Using GIS as a Tool of Visualization, Management and Decision-Making
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. OVERVIEW OF THE MAIN ASPECTS CONCERNING THE EU WATER FRAMEWORK DIRECTIVE
      4. INTERCALIBRATION AS DEFINED IN WFD
      5. ECONOMIC APPROACH OF WFD
      6. WATER BODY TYPES AS CLASSIFIED IN WFD
      7. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: A REQUIREMENT OF WFD
      8. TIMETABLE
      9. INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM (GIS)
      10. WATER QUALITY MONITORING AND EU WATER FRAMEWORK DIRECTIVE: RESOURCES MANAGEMENT USING GIS
      11. GIS IN RISK ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES
      12. THE USE OF MODELING TO COPE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE WFD
      13. DECISION MAKING PROCESSES
      14. FUTURE CHALLENGES
      15. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 22: GIS Technique for Territorial Analysis
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. DECISION SUPPORT FOR TERRITORIAL ANALYSIS
      3. MULTICRITERIA ANALYSIS AND GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
      4. GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM
      5. SPATIAL MULTICRITERIA DECISION ANALYSIS
      6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      7. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 23: Development of an Integrated Methodology for the Management and Assessment of the Impact of Agricultural Policies at a Territorial Level
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. THE INTEGRATED METHODOLOGY
      5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      6. CONCLUSION
  11. Glossary
  12. Compilation of References
  13. About the Contributors