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Delivering a better natural environment? The Agriculture Bill and future agri-environment policy

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Christopher Rodgers



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Sage Publications Ltd, 2019.

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This article reviews the options for delivering a new approach to agricultural support post-Brexit and in particular the development of a new approach to delivering environmental protection and biodiversity improvement through future farming policy. It considers the options for developing a policy based upon 'public money for public goods' and argues for the development of an approach based upon payments for the ecosystem services provided by land management and by farming. If a 'payment for ecosystem services' approach is to be successful, however, careful consideration must be given to reform of land tenure laws in order to provide a stable platform for the long term management of ecosystems and landscapes. And new legal models will be needed to capture the sale and purchase of ecosystem services. Brexit offers opportunities to develop a new and innovative approach to agri-environmental policy, but the development of a market for the sale and purchase of the important ecosystem services provided by agriculture will present significant challenges.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Rodgers C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environmental Law Review

Year: 2019

Volume: 21

Issue: 1

Pages: 38-49

Online publication date: 07/03/2019

Acceptance date: 07/12/2018

Date deposited: 20/05/2019

ISSN (print): 1461-4529

ISSN (electronic): 1740-5564

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/1461452918824504


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