ELM and LNR - Collaboration Questionnaire

1. Introduction to the survey

The importance of working together is inherent in the ambitious aims of the 25 Year Plan for the Environment, and the design of the emerging Environmental Land Management Schemes.  Whether people choose to act individually towards these aims, or collaborate via various mechanisms, the need for a groundswell of action in the face of the climate and biodiversity crises is clear.

The recent Greater Manchester Local Nature Recovery Convenor Pilot concluded that farmers and land managers need to be involved early and throughout, but conceded that more time was needed to explore how to engage with these stakeholders effectively. The Pilot suggested that there was a need for some form of GM focused Farmer/Land Manager group to be established.

The EPIC Test and Trial is testing how best to bring together interested stakeholders – including farmers – in the Irwell catchment, to help inform local delivery of and support for ELM in the future. We are interested in your views on the issue of collaboration -  between wider stakeholders and farmers, and between farmers or land managers - to deliver environmental targets and priorities. 

Please help us to develop our approach by completing this short questionnaire. The survey includes 5 main multiple-choice questions, with the opportunity to add comments.

If you are a farmer, your participation will be logged and we will be in touch to recompense you for your time.  We anticipate the questionnaire will take no more than 15-20 minutes.

1. I am (check all that apply): *


2. My email address (or contact telephone number if you do not have one): *


3. What type of collaborator are you? How would you prefer to work to deliver environmental measures or help nature across an area? Choose all that apply.  Please comment further if you wish to.


4. On a scale of 1 - 5 (with 5 being the highest), how important do you think each of these conditions in making it easier and more likely for all the stakeholders to work together around Local Nature Recovery and ELM delivery? 
Expand on your thinking in the comments box if you wish to

Respectful relationships; (e.g. trust, active listening, 2 way dialogue, power sharing, involvement in decision making, building on existing and successful mechanisms and people)
Business Security (e.g. market security, food security, level of scheme payments, payments for maintenance, farm business support)
ELM scheme design (e.g. limited hassle factor, ease of administration, application and evidence / monitoring)
Clear and easy communication (e.g. through a contacts database, sign up, newsletter/ news updates, proactive, connected, simple)
Access to financial incentives (e.g. payment for collaborative delivery, access to additional (e.g. green) markets and market mechanisms, access to project funding)
The right people involved (e.g. local, knowledgeable, skilled)
Access to information, advice and guidance (e.g. data, maps, agronomists, ecologists, business experts, resources etc)
Geography / Scale (i.e. choosing the right geographical focus for the purpose)
A successful track record (i.e. clear impact on the environment or business)
Opportunity for learning (e.g. peer to peer, from experts, access to courses or training)
Flexibility (e.g. to respond to different priorities or themes, to get together as decided, to reach people easily)
Valuing Time (the time to develop mechanisms and to participate, keeping to time, using time well, time is resourced, recompensed or incentivised)
Not constrained by governance (i.e. being action focused)
The Ability to Influence (i.e. the ability to influence both strategically and operationally)
Clear purpose/ focus (e.g. terms of reference, decision making process)

5. Which of the following types of Collaborative Mechanisms are needed or would be most useful in helping farmers to deliver environmental outcomes and priorities Choose all that apply. *


6. Which organisations or roles should be involved in these collaborative mechanisms?
Who needs to work with farmers to help make ELM happen locally or to deliver local nature recovery as part of farming business? *


7. What sort of people make effective facilitators / coordinators? *


8. Many thanks for your responses. Is there anything else you wish to say about Collaboration in relation to the delivery of Environmental Land Management Schemes?