Public goods such as a stable climate and biodiversity are available to everyone free of charge. This has frequently led to their overuse and degradation, impacting the services they provide. To try to address this market failure, governments take regulatory action but in many cases, existing laws do not adequately protect public goods and ecosystem services from overuse. This is particularly true when it comes to attempts to reduce the impacts of agriculture.
In Switzerland, MAVA set up the the Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SNL) to address this situation, bringing four environmental organisations together into a collaborative advisory function to identify and fund targeted projects.