Jan 11, 2022 1:30 PM
Prize of the agri-environmental program on climate change.
More than 600 rural businesses with projects that protect the environment and mitigate the impact of climate change will share £ 30million from the latest round of the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) 2021.
AECS was launched to promote land management practices that protect and enhance Scotland’s natural heritage, improve water quality, manage flood risk, and mitigate and adapt to climate change. In October 2021, Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon announced the extension of the system until 2024 with a new cycle opening for each new calendar year.
Applications for the next round will open on January 24, and farmers and smallholders can apply for aid in organic land conversion and maintenance, as well as a range of other measures to promote low-emission agriculture. carbon footprint and protect the environment.
Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said:
“The AECS has provided nearly 3,000 applicants with around £ 244million since its inception. This funding for the sector has helped us restore and improve nature through increased biodiversity, improved soils and contributions to climate change mitigation while providing high quality, locally produced food.
“I want to thank those who applied for the program and clearly understand the importance of doing what we can to mitigate climate change. Our vision for the future of rural Scotland is positive. We see our land managers and world-class producers thrive, while supporting our global climate change agenda and our response to the biodiversity crisis. The AECS continues to play an important role in meeting these commitments and also supports the ambition to double the area of land under organic management, set out in the Government Agenda 2021-22. I encourage people to apply for the next cycle of the program in order to continue this work. “
NatureScot CEO Francesca Osowska said:
“I would like to congratulate everyone who was awarded AECS scholarships in 2022 for the 2021 cycle. In this time of climate emergency and biodiversity crisis, farmers and crofters are playing a vital role in protecting and restoring nature in Scotland. These valuable projects will help support our vulnerable wildlife and habitats, improve soil health and water quality, reduce flood risk, increase organic agriculture, and improve public access in rural areas, among other environmental benefits.
Create a fairer and greener nation
The 2021 AECS application cycle brings the area under conversion or maintenance support to 86,577 ha, an increase of 15,482 ha or 22% from 2022 from 2021 levels.