Linking environmental planning tools with funding mechanisms

Linking environmental planning tools with funding mechanisms

With the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) proposal for post-2020, there will be greater subsidiarity. Member States (MS) will have flexibility in the choice of environmental interventions to adapt them to their local needs. The project aimed to assess the extent to which measures included in existing environmental planning tools in the field of water management, nature conservation, and clean air policy meet the requirements for funding by the different instruments of the future EU Common Agriculture Policy.

In support of this aim, the following three objectives were formulated to guide the work:

  • To analyse, in a representative sample of environmental planning tools, the level of detail of measures, interventions, actions, operations or commitments which are relevant for agriculture;
  • To assess whether the analysed measures are transposable into future Member States’ CAP Strategic Plans;
  • To develop general recommendations of key-principles to make the analysed measures transposable into future CAP Strategic Plans.

For that purpose, as illustrative examples, six environmental measures, part of environmental planning tools, which have been successfully supported in rural development programmes in the period 2014-2020 were identified and included in this report. In addition, recommendations on how to design adequately environmental measures in environmental planning tools so that they can be supported under the CAP Strategic Plans.

The full report can be found here.






European Commission, DG Environment

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Thomas Dworak