In Russia and likewise in the Kulunda steppe, only recently, environmental-oriented policy measures have been introduced. Yet these are confronted with the prevailing post-socialist institutional environment, such as de facto property rights on land, administrative inertia, values and production habits of farmers. Revealing institutional factors with the help of the Procedure of Institutional Compatibility Assessment (PICA) that prevent effective and cost-efficient policy implementation can help to better support the prevention of soil erosion, nutrient loss and climate gas emission in the future and to work toward more sustainable land use. We investigate Russian agricultural land protection policies and specific regulatory instrument to explore and structure critical socioeconomic, administrative and institutional factors that diminish the effective execution of the instruments. Credible monitoring and sanctioning turned out to be almost impossible in the Kulunda region. Further, we argue that the servitude right, or farmers` perception on positive effects of inadequate soil practices, could not be addressed by short-term administrative solutions. We rather suggest information provision and subsidies for voluntary conservation measures to reach more sustainable agro-ecological practices.
- Degraded black soils
- Environmental policy measures
- Crop residues burning
- PICA method
- Policy incongruity
- Kulunda steppe
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Theesfeld, I., Jelinek, L. (2020). The Role of Institutional Policy Congruity for Sustainable Land Use in the Kulunda Steppe. In: Frühauf, M., Guggenberger, G., Meinel, T., Theesfeld, I., Lentz, S. (eds) KULUNDA: Climate Smart Agriculture. Innovations in Landscape Research. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15927-6_19
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