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Consultation on the compulsory Good Agricultural Environmental Condition (GAEC) standard to introduce buffer zones alongside water courses to tackle water pollution from agriculture.

Welsh Government

Consultation

Consultation on the compulsory Good Agricultural Environmental Condition (GAEC) standard to introduce buffer zones alongside water courses to tackle water pollution from agriculture.

The Welsh Government is consulting on the introduction of buffer zones alongside water courses to tackle water pollution in agriculture.
Start of consultation: 06/07/2011
End of consultation: 01/09/2011

The Proposal - New GAEC standard

  • We are required to introduce a new Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) on buffer strips next to watercourses to tackle the issue of water pollution from agriculture. The condition must be in place on 1 January 2012.
  • We are obliged to introduce at least the Nitrate Action Programme restrictions on no-spread zones but we could apply more stringent measures to further reduce the risk of water pollution.
  • The outcome of the change to GAEC will be a reduced risk of water pollution from farming activity.

How to respond

Please submit your comments by 01 September 2011, in any of the following ways:

Email

capreform@ Wales.gsi.gov.uk

Post

CAP Reform
Countryside Policy Division
Welsh Government
Cathays Park 2
Cardiff .
CF10 3NQ

Additional information

Further information and related documents Large print, Braille and alternate language versions of this document are available on request.