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Common grazings as an environmental asset. Vicki Swales Head of Land Use Policy. Content. Farming and the environment – an intrinsic relationship High Nature Value farming systems Environmental goods and services from common grazings The policy challenge Potential solutions.

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common grazings as an environmental asset

Common grazings as an environmental asset

Vicki Swales

Head of Land Use Policy

content
Content
  • Farming and the environment – an intrinsic relationship
  • High Nature Value farming systems
  • Environmental goods and services from common grazings
  • The policy challenge
  • Potential solutions
ecosystem services
Ecosystem services
  • Provisioning services – food, fibre and timber
  • Regulating services – pollutant sink (e.g. carbon sequestration), flood control
  • Supporting – soil formation and retention, habitats, biodiversity
  • Cultural services – landscape character, cultural traditions, community identity
common grazings as an environment asset
Common grazings as an environment asset
  • EFNCP estimate that common grazings make up 15-20% of HNV farmland in Scotland
  • Semi-natural vegetation and low stocking densities underpin the nature value
  • Lack of research on environmental value of common grazings needs addressing
  • RSPB analysis of livestock declines and birds highlights concerns
the policy challenge
The policy challenge
  • Getting recognition of the value of common grazings (and HNV systems) and the benefits they provide
  • Demonstrating that the current policy framework fails to support common grazings
  • Identifying policy solutions and building widespread support for these
vulnerable farming areas
Vulnerable Farming Areas
  • Highlands and Islands Agricultural Support Group
  • Calling for recognition of the value of, and problems facing, VFAs
  • Concerted effort to halt the decline of farming and crofting in the VFA using existing and future agriculture support measures
cap reform
CAP reform
  • Move to area based support with redistribution of funds
  • Provision for new entrants
  • Use Pillar I option for ‘areas with natural constraints’
  • Ensure increased share of EU rural development funds for Scotland
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CAP reform
  • Ensure next SRDP (and sub-programmes) target support at VFAs
  • Better use Less Favoured Area scheme to support farming and crofting in the VFA
  • Ensure better targeting of LMO and RP schemes (or successors) to farming and crofting in the VFAs
conclusion
Conclusion
  • The importance of common grazings, as part of HNV systems, must be recognised
  • Common grazings are an environmental asset
  • Current public support for common grazings is weak and ineffective
  • CAP reform offers an opportunity to improve support for common grazings and sustain HNV farming and crofting systems
  • But, not unless we make the case for it
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