NI peace grants

31 January 1997




NI peace grants

FARMERS in those parts of Northern Ireland most affected by terrorist violence can now apply for grants aimed at encouraging environmentally sensitive countryside management.

Grant rates of up to 80% of project costs are available under the farm and countryside enhancement scheme which has a £4.25m budget – 75% of which will be funded by the EU. &#42


Farmland under agri-environment

regulations 1995/96

Austria100%

Finland74.2%

Germany28.6%

France16.7%

Portugal12.1%

UK7.8%

Ireland4.5%

Italy4.2%

Denmark2.4%

Netherlands1.0%

Spain0.4%

Belgium0.2%

EU-15 Average 13.1%

* Greece and Luxembourg have yet to implement agri-environment regulations.

** Figures for Sweden are unavailable.

Source: RSPB/Bio plant international 1996/97


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