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England's Rural Development Plan
Commission Européenne - MEMO/07/604 20/12/2007
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Brussels, 20 December 2007
Chosen Strategy corresponding to the profile:
The overall objectives were chosen in accordance with the Community Strategic Guidelines (CSG) and the National Strategy Plan and are:
Budget over and share of EU funding
Note : EAFRD amount includes a total of € 2,124,613,072 resulting from the application of voluntary modulation decided by the UK for the England programme.
Overall aim of the programme:
Axes 1 budget allocation and main priorities:
Total public: €447,545,140; EAFRD amount: €344,877,727.
Support will help to develop a greater awareness of, and a greater ability to exploit, market opportunities, particularly in relation to renewable energy and added-value products. The Programme will focus on promoting and co-operation, improving industry uptake of technology and entrepreneurial skills, and increasing opportunities for knowledge transfer and skills enhancement.
Axes 2 budget allocation and main priorities:
Total public: € 4,182,903,442; EAFRD amount: € 2,441,251,501.
The evidence has shown that agri-environment schemes under the previous Programme in England have delivered positive environmental developments, but that there are still challenges to address. There is therefore a strong focus on the agri-environment measure, which provides support for land managers to manage their land in a way which delivers a range of environmental benefits, including for biodiversity, resource protection and traditional landscapes. Given the importance of the uplands environment, use will also be made of the Natural Handicap measure. The sustainable use of forestry land is another important objective of the Programme, but given the relatively small size of the woodland and forestry areas in England, it is lower in the hierarchy of measures selected.
Axes 3 budget allocation and main priorities:
Total public: €334,334,942; EAFRD amount: €269,018,937.
Support will help to supporting innovative rural-based business development and enterprise, including diversification out of agriculture and encouraging sustainable tourism particularly in areas of economic underperformance and for individuals experiencing disadvantage.
Leader budget allocation:
Total public: €219,516,713; EAFRD amount: €160,894,083
The Leader delivery approach will be used to mobilise the development potential of rural areas in a way that stimulates innovation to the benefit of the local area.
Over the course of the Programme, and across all the axes, England will look to further develop the role that the Programme can play in helping rural areas mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts.
 Axis 4 expenditure will be split between Axis 1 and 3 in the proportions set out above. Therefore the total percentage share for axis 1 is 10.7%+0.3%=11% and for Axis 3 is 8.4%+4.7%=13.1%.