Making the Fens sustainable and resilient!

Government Consultation on Health and Harmony, the future of farming (ends 8th May 2018)

Leaving the European Union and the Common Agricultural Policy will give us the chance for reform. We want to know your thoughts on the future of agricultural policy in England

National Farmers Union

With the EU withdrawal Bill now working its way through Parliament the wheels are in motion to enact Brexit. The first Agriculture Bill for a generation is also on its way and must be seized as a golden opportunity to build a system that works for British farmers.

The NFU are working across the farming industry to deliver these messages to politicians and the public to build consensus for a vision of a thriving farming sector post-Brexit and beyond.

A future Sustainable Farming and Land Management Policy for England

Wildlife and Countryside Link

Leaving the European Union (EU) is a seismic event for farming and the environment in the UK, and one that will need a policy response of a similar magnitude. After decades of frustratingly slow, iterative ‘reform’ of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), there is a widespread recognition that farming and land management policy is in need of a significant overhaul. Brexit offers a once in a generation opportunity to achieve this, something that the Secretary of State recently referred to as an ‘unfrozen moment’. Recognising this opportunity, this paper sets out the initial thinking of Wildlife and Countryside Link on a post-Brexit Sustainable Farming and Land Management policy for England. Initially, we make the case for change and then look at the bones of a future policy through the questions of why, what and how? We then look at five key policy dependencies that will need to be ‘got right’ in order to make this policy area a success: policy coherence; transition; innovative approaches to finance; devolution and common frameworks; and trade policy. View Paper

Supporting sustainable and healthy peatlands after Brexit

The European Union framework for UK land management funding and policy has had a major impact on our peatlands. Environment LIFE funds have supported peatland conservation and restoration activity, whilst Rural Development Programme funds, such as the Common Agricultural Policy, have been a mainstay of support for peatland management but also included incentives that harmed peatlands.
The Brexit planning process should recognise global and national commitments to safeguarding our peatlands and their vital contributions to Sustainable Development Goals. The IUCN UK Peatland Programme, as a broad partnership including NGOs, land managers, public bodies and scientists, has identified ten key elements to ensure we continue to deliver healthy peatlands and avoid the huge costs to society of degraded and damaged peatlands.View Document