As a result of the ‘radical’ Brexit change, a ‘disastrous’ EU scheme has been scrapped, saving English wildlife.
According to reports, post-Brexit Britain has abandoned a “disastrous” EU plan in favor of a “radical” plan to save English wildlife.
The “long-needed move,” according to Channel 4 News Chief Correspondent Alex Thomson, is a “genuine Brexit opportunity – if delivered.”
In theory, the government plan, which involves paying farmers to protect the country’s prized wildlife, is “fantastic,” according to the journalist.
Before the UK left the EU, British farmers were paid around £3 billion a year under the bloc’s common agricultural policy, with money distributed based on how much land they farmed.
Farmers were allegedly paid “to destroy our wildlife,” according to Mr Thomson.
Farmers will be encouraged to take steps to restore nature, nurture the soil, improve air and water quality, and provide wildlife habitats under a rewilding scheme.
Environmental land management contracts, or ELMs, will provide them with taxpayer-funded support in exchange.
It’s official: rewilding has entered the mainstream.
Instead of paying for wildlife protection, the government is burying the disastrous EU farming subsidies that paid English farmers to destroy our wildlife.
On paper, it appears to be a bold and long-overdue move….
Bids are currently being accepted for 10 to 15 pilot projects, each covering at least 500 hectares.
Full rewilding or other forms of management focusing on species recovery and wildlife habitats could be used in the pilots.
Sand lizards, water voles, and curlews will be targeted, with the goal of improving the status of roughly half of England’s most endangered species.
Mr Thomson tweeted in response to the news, “It’s official – today rewilding goes mainstream.”
“Instead of payments for wildlife protection, the government is burying the disastrous EU farming subsidies that paid English farmers to destroy our wildlife.”
“On paper, this is a bold and long-overdue move.
“So the principles are fantastic, but we need action now, and detail (as agreed by all sides) is lacking here.”
“However, the concepts are, quite frankly, fantastic, and they reward the many farmers who are already doing so.”
“Expect rewilding… hedgerow, wetland, and peat bog restoration… natural flood management: ‘public good,'” he continued.
“The most significant reorganization of English agriculture in half a century and a genuine Brexit opportunity if implemented.”
Food production should coexist with wildlife and environmental protection, according to George Eustice, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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“Brinkwire News Summary.”
It’s official – today rewilding goes mainstream. The Govt is burying the disastrous EU farming subsidies which paid English farmers to destroy our wildlife – instead payments for wildlife protection. On paper a radical and long-needed move….
— alex thomson (@alextomo) January 6, 2022