- 2nd December 2020
- Posted by: Miranda Pont
- Category: News
On Monday this week, the Government announced its plans to deliver a better, fairer farming system in England to replace the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
We have for the past two years been hearing about and consulted on the principles of these new plans – ‘public goods for public money’ – to protect the environment and provide farmers with a fair income
The Plans focus on better environmental outcomes by introducing the Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme will incentivise sustainable farming practices to create habitats for nature recovery and establish new woodlands to help tackle climate change.
Our extensive work with farming stakeholders on working with natural processes to mitigate and adapt to climate change and on using farmland for natural flood management has led us to closely follow the proposed changes and provide evidence for the policy makers.
Earlier this summer, Defra published our research on the Enablers and Barriers to Delivering Natural Flood Management Projects and on Tuesday this week Defra published our work for them on a roadmap to delivering more Natural Flood Management (NFM) projects. A summary of the Roadmap can be seen below.
Our Roadmap identifies five main actions addressing specific barriers and enablers defined in the research (as seen on the right-hand side of the infographic). The report breaks down these five main actions into a series of tasks to meet the main action. It proposes a timescale, a suggested sponsor and suggested leadership based on a combination of our own and stakeholder’s knowledge and expertise. We hope this suggested Roadmap and its supported evidence base empowers Defra and other Government organisations to support the delivery of NFM schemes more effectively and further inform discussions about future actions that are likely to be supported through the ELM scheme.