United Kingdom

Country Infos

Country Profile Manager:
Sue Agnew
Phone: 07768866813
Stephen Chaplin
Natural England
Phone: +447789745651
Gwyn Jones
Phone: 07884116048

Developing results-based approaches to payments on common land in Wales




The project is exploring and developing results-based approaches to rewarding the delivery of the whole range of public goods on common land. Funded by 6 LEADER Local Action Groups and Natural Resources Wales, it is working in South-central and SE Wales but aims to have national relevance.

Location of the scheme

one region
Following local authorities: Swansea; Neath/Port Talbot; Rhondda-Cynon-Tâf; Merthyr Tydfil; Caerphilly; Blaenau Gwent; Torfaen; Powys (S part)

Duration of the scheme

Since: October 2020
Until: October 2021

Objective(s) of the scheme / project

  • Biodiversity
  • Cultural heritage
  • Landscape amenities, including recreation, tourism
  • Erosion control
  • Water quality

Which habitats or species are in the focus of the scheme / project?

  • Habitats (incl. habitats of Fauna-Flora-Habitat-Directive (FFH-D.))
  • Species (incl. species of FFH-D. and Birds Directive (BD))
  • Landscape elements
  • Wetland
Whole range of habitats, large areas (esp. acid grasslands) not in Annex 1.

By which fund(s) is the scheme / project implemented?

  • Other measures of Rural Development
  • National governmental financing

Natural Resources Wales

How are the incentives (payment levels) calculated?

  • Based on the costs of management actions
Not calculated as yet, but additional costs/income forgone will be starting point at least



Contact person

Gwyn Jones, EFNCP, dgl_jones@yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk




Wales is proposing a fundamental, more outcome-orientated, direction to post-CAP policy, with a single scheme offering payments to farmers. This project intends to inform the development of that measure by exploring the possibilities/limitations of a RBPS approach. It will try to look at the range of public goods, incl. biodiversity, water flow and quality, archaeology, fire risk management, carbon sequestration and storage, public access etc.
Google Earth image showing the common land parcels in the study region