This report, part of the wider CLIO (Climate Impacts and Options) project, is based on a detailed study of 21 rural estates, representing a board range of biogeographical regions across Europe.
Our sector, representing farmers, land managers and associated businesses, is a central part of the response to the growing threat posed by climate change. We recognise the role played by agriculture and rural land use in the wider context of global sustainable development. Managing the land is the most basic of humanindustries, without which we would not be able to sustain all others, including our own lives. Given that we all depend upon large areas of the land for our food and, increasingly, for other renewable resources, we accept our responsibility to use our finite resources wisely, and to mitigate unwanted impacts on air quality, soil, water, habitats and wildlife.
The CLA, National Farmers' Union (NFU) and the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) launched this joint Climate Change Task Force report in January 2007 to present a united stance against the serious threat that climate change poses to agricultural production and the rural sector.
Climate change is among the most serious challenges that are affecting the world today, and land managers whose businesses are so dependent on climatic conditions are literally on the front line. To be successful in the future land managers will, almost certainly, have to be aware of the potential impacts of climate change on their businesses and learn how to adapt to them.
Defra and the Forestry Commission have published an update to the Government Response to the Forestry Regulation Task Force.
Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are designated areas of land that are said to be the UK's very best sites for wildlife and geology and, in some cases, may contain the last areas of particular habitats in the UK. They are protected by UK law.
Forty-eight Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) have now been established across England, forming part of the Government’s commitments outlined in the Natural Environment White Paper.
The Government considers that LNPs will “add value” to important decision making in an area. LNPs are expected to contribute to “strategic planning matters” within their local area and the Government intends to add LNPs to the “Duty to Co-operate” in the Local Planning Regulations. This will mean that Local Authorities must consider the views of LNPs on strategic planning matters.