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New Challenges; New Common Agricultural Policy

BirdLife's vision on the CAP suggests radical reform

Today, BirdLife International launches its vision for the future of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) at a debate with a keynote speech by Commissioner Fischer-Boel.

BirdLife's vision is that if the EU is to support sustainable agriculture and rural communities and meet its environmental goals, further radical reform of the CAP is required.

BirdLife believes the CAP must evolve into a sustainable land management and rural development policy targeted at environmental sustainability with support for land management based on the principle of ‘public money for public goods’. BirdLife thinks that EU policy should reward farmers for delivering environmental services such as maintaining wildlife habitats and managing water resources.

BirdLife sees ensuring the funding and appropriate management of the Natura 2000 network as one of the key priorities for the future CAP. The new CAP should also tackle the challenges posed by climate change, primarily by reducing farming emissions and promoting climate change adaptation.

Furthermore, BirdLife thinks that the future CAP should offer a set of well targeted environmental schemes and an effective support framework for High Natural Value farming, meaning those traditional and extensive farming systems that are ecologically important but are struggling to survive in a global market.

4th July 2014