Maximising Environmental Benefits through Ecological Focus Areas

On 12 October 2011 the European Commission published draft legislative proposals for the future of the CAP post 2013. They included three measures aimed at the ‘greening’ of direct payments in Pillar 1 in order to contribute towards environmental objectives for climate and the environment in Europe. One of these measures, the creation of Ecological Focus Areas, extending to seven per cent of the eligible area of arable and permanent crops, has been recognised as having the greatest potential to address a range of environmental concerns in the farmed countryside.

This new IEEP report, prepared at the request of the Land Use Policy Group (LUPG), identifies some key issues on how to get the most for the environment out of the Ecological Focus Area (EFA) measure under the CAP proposals for the greening of direct payments. Based on the literature, past experience and a seminar on 6 March 2012 in Brussels, the report aims to identify the key parameters that need to be addressed in a new policy.

PUBLICATION DATE

11 Jun 2012