EU Greening Consultation

As part of an initiative looking at the simplification of the CAP, the European Commission launched a consultation on the effectiveness of the rules on greening and Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).   Greening requirements represent 30% of the BPS and comprises three rules, namely crop diversification (the ‘two/ three crop rule’), the introduction of EFAs and permanent grassland.

The CLA response sets out a number of areas which are working well and proposes a changes to improve the implementation of Greening whilst also delivering environmental outcomes.

Draft code of practice for the species control provisions in England

As part of the Infrastructure Act 2015 there was a requirement to produce a Code of Practice for species control orders.  The draft Code of Practice sets out how environmental authorities and landowners should work together to deal with invasive non-native species.  It also provides detail on the process by which environmental authorities may enter on to land to deal with invasive non-native species without landowner permission.  The CLA response welcomes the drft Code of Practice and makes a number of recommendations to improve its implementation.  The CLA also calls for greater clarity in how those landowners who are not responsible for introducing the species are to be compensated for any related costs.

Draft code of practice for the species control provisions in England

As part of the Infrastructure Act 2015 there was a requirement to produce a Code of Practice for species control orders.  The draft Code of Practice sets out how environmental authorities and landowners should work together to deal with invasive non-native species.  It also provides detail on the process by which environmental authorities may enter on to land to deal with invasive non-native species without landowner permission.  The CLA response welcomes the drft Code of Practice and makes a number of recommendations to improve its implementation.  The CLA also calls for greater clarity in how those landowners who are not responsible for introducing the species are to be compensated for any related costs.

New basic rules for farmers to take diffuse water pollution from agriculture in England

This consultation covered a number of proposed new basic rules for farmers in England to help tackle diffuse water pollution from agriculture with a focus on phosphates.  The intention is that the new rules will provide a new baseline for industry practice and if introduced would be supported by an advice led approach focussed on outcomes rather than paperwork, and would not be part of cross compliance.

Although most farmers are carrying out this best practice the CLA supports a non statutory approach as opposed to legislation.  Why legislate when the majority are carrying out best practice anyway.

New basic rules for farmers to take diffuse water pollution from agriculture in England

This consultation covered a number of proposed new basic rules for farmers in England to help tackle diffuse water pollution from agriculture with a focus on phosphates.  The intention is that the new rules will provide a new baseline for industry practice and if introduced would be supported by an advice led approach focussed on outcomes rather than paperwork, and would not be part of cross compliance.

Although most farmers are carrying out this best practice the CLA supports a non statutory approach as opposed to legislation.  Why legislate when the majority are carrying out best practice anyway.

Revised Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice

Duty of care is a legal requirement for those dealing with certain kinds of waste to take all reasonable steps to keep it safe.  It is set out in the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and applies to anyone who is a holder of household, industrial and commercial waste.

This consultation by Defra was to ensure that revised code of practice for waste gives clear and practical guidance on fulfilling legal duty of care obligations.  The current code of practice did not reflect a number of important legislative changes relating to the duty of care since its publication in 1996.

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