Awareness of biodiversity
Status of biodiversity
Threats to biodiversity
Measures that safeguard biodiversity
Measures that mainstream biodiversity
Benefits derived from biodiversity and ecosystem services
Impacts on biodiversity outside of Ireland
Knowledge of Irish biodiversity
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The Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020 is part of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which is used by the European Union to coordinate support for European agriculture. The programme contains schemes which are centred around ensuring Ireland retains a competitive agri-food sector, while at the same time achieving more sustainable management of its natural resources and ensuring a balanced development of rural areas.
Progress on the programme is submitted to the European Commission annually via the Annual Implementation Report (AIR) and the 2019 report was used to populate the current biodiversity indictor. Within the programme, Priority 4 is aimed at restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry. In 2019 the physical area supporting for Priority 4 included 886,683 hectares for Measure 10 Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) and 2,192,962 hectares for Measure 13 Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC). It should be noted that these figures could be an over-estimation as they include soil, water, and the whole area under ANC - some of which may not necessarily relate to biodiversity.
Read more about the Rural Development programme in the 2019 Citizens’ Summary which can be found here: https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/6606a-rural-development-programme-rdp-2014-2020/#monitoring-evaluation
The EU Rural Development Programmes include a wide range on and off-farm measures to support sustainable development in rural areas. This indicator tracks the area covered by measures relating to biodiversity protection supported by the Programme.