Q&A: DEFRA’s ‘payments by results’ pilot explained

A Natural England report today concluded that a new approach to land management was working for wildlife and could form the basis for land payments in the near future. But what does ‘payments by results’ mean? ENDS explains.

What does payment by results mean?

Currently, landowners and farmers receive public funding via agri-environment schemes that reward them for carrying out environmentally sound activities, such as planting cover crops, regardless of whether the activity boosts wildlife or not. Under the payment by results approach, farmers would be paid according to how well the measures they put in place worked. The more target species they encourage on their farms, the more money they would receive.

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