This is CLA's response to the Defra consultation on how flood and coastal erosion risk management will be assessed and prioritised in the future. Whilst, we largely support the new measures proposed, which include separating flooding and coastal erosion budgets, we have made suggestions to improve the system to make it more equitable for rural areas and ensure that risk to economic activity is given greater weighting.
CLA are supportive of the EA having direct responsibility for strategic coastal management as this will allow a more holistic approach. It is important the implementation of a strategic coastal management plan has the required funds to ensure that those who lose out for wider economic/community/environmental benefit are adequately recompensed. It is recommended that in time coastal management will extend to not just cover erosion and flood risk but the wider issues spatial planning, habitat management, community and social well being, heritage protection.
The CLA support an integrated approach to coastal management and would support the Environment Agency in a strategic role working with other delivery partners on this approach.
This is a pro forma agreement under which a landowner or a tenant holding the sporting rights, grants a licence to shoot game on his land for a day or a few days at a time.
The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) (Uncultivated Land and Semi-Natural Areas, England) regulations were introduced in February 2002 in a form that raised concerns within the farming and landowning community.
Members will need to be aware of new meat hygiene regulations effective from 1 January 2006 which will affect shoot management, particularly for those that market game. This note provides guidance.
This consultation looked, in broad terms, at the regulatory framework for pesticide use. It again proposed a pesticide tax, greater regulation and control of use which the CLA has consistently argued against.
CLA response to the EA strategy for river basin planning: water for life and
livelihoods argues for land managers to be fully involved at all stages of the
planning process. This will ensure that environmental objectives for each water
body are achieved in a practical and cost effective way, taking account of the
sustainable development needs of that region.
DEFRA's review of the general licences to kill and take wild birds is based on a misunderstanding of both the Birds Directive and the custom and practice of pest control.
Review of the general licences to kill or take certain species of birds under section 16 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981