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CAP 2020+ debated by European landowners

Scottish Land & Estates’ Policy Officer, Anne Gray, travelled to Brussels earlier this week for the European Landowners' Organisation’s policy group meeting.  A major topic of conversation for the group was the likely shape of the CAP after 2020.  A draft paper has already been produced which outlines, within the context of changes we know are likely to happen, the things we will ask the Commission for.  An important point to note is that there will be an increasing focus towards payment for ecosystem services and away from payment for agricultural production.  It was noted that one of the biggest global challenges of our time is Climate Change and land use aimed at mitigating the effects and consequences of climate change are likely to be the focus of CAP funding going forward.   This is likely to include, amongst other things, mechanisms for carbon storage in soils, trees and peatlands, natural flood management interventions and improvements to biodiversity.  Agricultural activity (high nature value farming) that benefits nature is likely to continue to receive support.  An important message the ELO will be communicating is that the solution to climate change and other environmental challenges continues to lie with landowners and managers and they need appropriate levels of support to provide these benefits to society.

 

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