Acknowledge and incentivise farmers for important role in nature and wildlife protection, says CLA

20 June 2016

The CLA has called on the European Commission to properly implement EU rules which protect nature and wildlife after a leaked report shows that farmers and landowners are integral to helping achieve environmental targets.

The organisation which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses said findings from the Commission-led “Re-fit” review of the Birds and Habitats Directive show that conservation targets are being missed because government departments across the EU do not fully engage with farmers and landowners.

CLA President Ross Murray said: “The report says member state governments must work more closely with farmers and landowners to acknowledge the role they play in conserving nature and wildlife. We need better guidance of what is expected and clear advice on how the rules are implemented.

“We urge the Commission and the UK to apply the rules correctly so that farmers and landowners can be properly incentivised to help meet environmental targets.”