Where land use and policy meet


Two key events affecting land use and policy are scheduled for March this year: the launch of  the Land Use Policy Group (LUPG) vision for the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and the Agri-Environmental Schemes Seminar.


The events mark the end of the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) reign as Chair of the LUPG, which is a very active group consisting of CCW, Environment Agency, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, JNCC, Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage. 


Commissioner Fischer Boel to speak at launch of LUPG vision for CAP

The LUPG vision sets out the principles we believe should underpin a reformed CAP post-2013. The full document was launched in Brussels at the Bibliothe que Solvay, adjacent to the European Parliament on 30 March. Speakers included the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mariann Fischer Boel, as well as representatives from LUPG, the European Landowners Organisation and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation.   The event was chaired by the Institute for European Environmental Policy.


Agri-Environmental Schemes Seminar

The LUPG has recently commissioned several pieces of work to help develop our thinking on the future direction of agri-environment policy. The Agri-Environmental Schemes Seminar on 10 March aimed to present this work, provide an opportunity to debate the findings,and look at how best to apply these ideas in the context of future CAP reform.


The seminar was constructed around three reports, all available on the LUPG website: 


  • A review of environmental benefits from agri-environment schemes;
  • Delivering environmental benefits through agri-environment programmes: a scoping study; and
  • An analysis of the potential effectiveness of the payment-by-results approach to the delivery of environmental goods and services supplied by agri-environment schemes.


JNCC looks forward to working with Natural England in their capacity as incoming Chair of LUPG, and wishes to express our thanks to John Taylor, Chair LUPG, Brian Pawson, Chair, Rural Affairs Group, and Hilary Miller, Chair, Woodland Policy Group for all their hard work over the last two years.


Amanda Gregory

LUPG Secretariat

Tel: +44 (0) 1733 866811



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