Defra have announced that it is their intention to disband the ACP and replace it with a non-statutory expert scientific committee, providing advice to ministers. Defra feel that the ACP, formed in 1985, no longer fulfils its original purpose. At its inception, the bulk of regulation on pesticides was taken at Member State level, however by 2012, regulation is almost entirely passed at a European level. Defra felt this was the preferred option and the CLA has conditionally welcomed the move. It agrees that a new committee with a renewed remit is appropriate in light of recommendations made by the Chief Scientific Adviser, and independent reviews within Government
The Nitrate Directive is intended to reduce water pollution caused by nitrates
from agricultural sources. Government is required to review the implementation of it every four years. This recent consultation looked at the issue again of
whether to continue with discrete designation of NVZs in England (a separate consultation was carried in Wales) or take up the option of designating all of
England as a single NVZ and then consider changes to the Action Programme.
Views were sought on proposals for how to designate large raised reservoirs as high risk and how the Environment Agency make provisional designations in the most appropriate way for reservoir undertakers, interested organisations and local communities and so that the decisions could also be challenged.
The EU has proposed a different set of criteria to define less favoured land, known as Areas Facing Natural Constraint (ANC). The LFA map determines elegibi
In general the CLA is supportive of a review of the funding process, which will hopefully allow more private money to contribute to flood defence schemes and ensure they go forward but doubt this will make much difference to rural areas
with low population density. The Government thinking which continues to follow the pathway mapped out by the 'Making Space for Water Policy' is a particularly dangerous one. There are high levels of uncertainty around climate change
impacts and in tandem the predicted population growth and food security needs are not addressed by the policy and this funding consultation.
The CAP reform debate passed an important stage during January. The CLA debated its reactions to the Commission's communication published last November, and fed our ideas through to the ELO. The result was the document attached. This paper has been sent to the Commission, many MEPs, and to officials in the Member States.
CLA's response to the Government's consultation on amendments to the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations
This consultation was on how the EU Sustainable Use Directive should be enshrined in UK regulation. The CLA argues for no gold-plating of UK regulation, no arbitrary pesticide reduction targets, the ability to continue to aerial spray and the need to use plant protection products in areas to which the public have access. The CLA also argues against further prior-notification of spraying, and against increasing the burden of sprayer testing.
CLA has recently commented on the Forestry Commission Strategy for wild Deer in Wales.
This document sets out our response to the DEFRA draft circular for National Parks and the Broads.