Climate Change and The Rural Economy

This policy statement draws on the work of the CLA Climate Change Working Group.
It focuses on the potential impact of climate change on owners and managers of rural businesses in England and Wales. It proposes ways to mitigate these impacts and to adapt management practices in order to sustain social and economic activity in the countryside. To support these ideas, we make far-reaching recommendations for policy changes at all levels - European through to local.

 

Climate Change and The Rural Economy

This policy statement draws on the work of the CLA Climate Change Working Group. It focuses on the potential impact of climate change on owners and managers of rural businesses in England and Wales. It proposes ways to mitigate these impacts and to adapt management practices in order to sustain social and economic activity in the countryside. To support these ideas, we make far-reaching recommendations for policy changes at all levels - European through to local.

 

Climate Change - 'Part of the Solution'

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.

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