The UK Department of Environmental Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a policy discussion document as part of their stakeholder engagement process in developing the Environmental Land Management scheme (ELM or ELMs).
Government is seeking the views of farmers, foresters, and other land managers in its new proposals for ELMs, publishing a ‘Discussion Document’ earlier today.
‘For more than forty years, the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has dictated how we farm our land. Our departure from the EU and the CAP provides us with a unique opportunity to redesign our agricultural policies to allow us to meet our environmental ambitions, while supporting our farming sector. In freeing our farmers from the CAP and moving to a new system based on ‘public money for public goods’, we will put English farmers in the best position possible to meet the objectives of protecting the environment and producing food. This document sets out the government’s initial thinking on how these objectives can be supported through the design of a new ELM scheme.’Defra, 25th February 2020
To coincide with the publication of this discussion document, Defra will be holding regional workshops.
If you have an interest in the future of land management in the UK, make sure you have your say, go along to one of the workshops and engage with other planned activities.
There is also a survey you can complete online, which is open from today until 5th May.
Find out more, and how to take part here: