Agri-Environment Climate Scheme

Date published: 8 November, 2023

For recent changes to this guidance, please see the bottom of the page.

The Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) will start to open again for applications in January 2024.

Guidance is in the process of being amended to facilitate changes required for the 2024 application round and will be published as soon as possible.

The latest AECS news release can be found on

The Scottish Borders

The Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) 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 also helps to improve public access and preserve historic sites but please see information below in relation to Improving Public Access for the 2024 round.

Check which options and items are available on your holding using the Targeting Tool below:

View a full list of management options and capital items

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Full scheme guidance

Full guidance

This scheme is delivered through:

The Scottish Rural Development Programme and Scottish Natural Heritage logos
Section Change
Whole page Information added on AECS 2024 round and removal of certain information related to previous rounds