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High technology at low cost in the management of cap subsidies in catalonia

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

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It is never easy for an administration to reinvent itself. Nevertheless, in such socioeconomic contexts as the current one, public administrations need to advance mechanisms and procedures which enable them to simplify tasks, increase productivity, use resources efficiently as well as keeping material costs down. The administration, as a public body, needs to ensure its objectives are fulfilled at all times. In this project, all these ideas are realised.

The pioneering approach of the Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and the Environment (DAAM) is designed for the management and control of the Common Agricultural Policy’s (CAP) agricultural subsidies. The approach consists of carrying out on-thespot (OTS) checks through the use of recently captured aerial images in the same year for which the subsidies are sought. Different platforms are used such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) combined with other air-borne sensors of the Catalan Cartographic Institute (ICC). Through the use of this working method, the simplification of management, minimisation of costs and an extraordinary increase in performance have all been achieved. It also allows for 90% of the inspections of land parcels to be carried out from the office, separating the checks from climatic and orographic considerations and providing an objective portrayal of the farming exploitation. The administrative processes that affect the recipient are also simplified. What the European regulations envisage for the adjudication of the subsidies has been rigorously applied using this methodology. Several factors have been crucial in the success of this project. The opportunity of having flight expeditions and its innovative OrtoXpress services available from the ICC, which have enabled access to images in only a few weeks after the flights have been made; the integration of orthophotographs through the WMS protocol in the application of management controls (CON); the willingness and involvement of the design team behind the project and the involvement of the rest of the organisation that has participated in it.

All of these circumstances have made this innovative project a European reference, recognised at Bergamo in November 2010 with the prize awarded for the best paper at the 16th Annual International Conference on Geographic Information Systems (SIG) Teledetection and the CAP organised by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission (EC) advisor in aspects related to the management and control of CAP European agricultural subsidies.

Award info
Award category: smart public service delivery
Award type: nominee
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Environment, climate change, agriculture (incl. food safety) and fishery
Type of activity:
Keywords: IACS, on-the-spot checks, aerial image, DMC, UAV, ortoXpress
Short English description: Public administrations need to advance mechanisms and procedures which enable them to simplify tasks, increase productivity, use resources efficiently as well as keeping material costs down. The administration, as a public body, needs to ensure its objectives are fulfilled at all times. In this project, all these ideas are realised.
Further information
Organisation: Catalan Government – Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and Environment
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www20.gencat.cat/portal/site/DAR
Level of government: regional level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Spain
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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