Agri-Environment Climate Scheme

The Scottish Borders

*An update regarding 2016 applications and the 2017 application round can be found in our news section. We've also published some new guidance regarding common application mistakes*

News update - 2017

2016 applications update

Common application mistakes

The Agri-Environment Climate Scheme promotes land management practices which protect and enhance Scotland's magnificent natural heritage, improve water quality, manage flood risk and mitigate and adapt to climate change.

It will also help to improve public access and preserve historic sites.

A total of £350 million will be available between 2015 and 2020 to fund a range of activities that help to maintain and enhance our rich and varied natural environment.

This funding will help to:

  • deliver the 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity by supporting appropriate management for vulnerable and iconic species and habitats, strengthening ecological networks, controlling invasive non-native species and enhancing the condition of protected nature sites
  • contribute to Scotland's world-leading climate change targets by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and securing carbon stores in peatlands and other organic soils
  • meet obligations to improve water quality under the EU Water Framework Directive by reducing diffuse pollution
  • control flooding through natural flood risk management
  • support organic farming
  • preserve the historic environment
  • improve public access

The scheme will be delivered jointly by the Rural Payments and Inspections Division (RPID) of the Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

2015 applications

A list of applications made to this scheme in 2015 can be found in the document below. This also notes which applications were successful and which were not.

2016 applications

A list of applications made to this scheme in 2016 can be found in the document below. This notes which applications were successful and which were not.

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View a full list of management options and capital items

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Full scheme guidance

Full guidance

Scheme delivery

This scheme is delivered through:

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