|| Main objective of the standard
|| DAFM’s comments and possible implementation
|| Maintenance of permanent grassland. General safeguard against conversion to other agricultural uses to preserve carbon stock
||New GAEC - already implemented in the current CAP under Article 45 (2) of 1307/2013. Managed at national level.
|| Protection of wetland and peatland at the latest by 2025.
|| DAFM is considering appropriate definitions of peatlands and wetlands
|| Ban on burning arable stubble, except for plant health reasons.
|| Existing GAEC - no change.
|| Establishment of buffer strips along water courses.
|| GAEC 1 of cross compliance.
|| Use of Farm Sustainability Tool for Nutrients
|| New GAEC - deleted from text by amendments from Council and European Parliament.
|| Tillage management or other appropriate cultivation techniques to limit the risk of soil degradation, taking into account the slope gradient.
|| GAEC 5 of cross compliance (also covered in SMR 1 of cross compliance).
|| Minimum soil cover to avoid bare soil in period(s) and areas that are most sensitive.
||GAEC 4 of cross compliance (also covered in SMR 1 of cross compliance – ploughing).
|| Crop rotation in arable land, except for crops growing under water
|| New GAEC (but crop diversification is currently part of Greening).
|| Minimum share of agricultural area devoted to non-productive areas or Minimum share of at least 4% of arable land at farm level devoted to non-productive areas and features, including land lying fallow. Where a farmer commits to devote at least 7% of his/her arable land to non-productive areas and features, including land lying fallow, under an enhanced eco-scheme in accordance with Article 28(5a), the share to be attributed to compliance with this GAEC shall be limited to 3%. Minimum share of at least 7% of arable land at farm level if include also catch crops or nitrogen fixing crops, cultivated without the use of plant protection products, of which 3% shall be land lying fallow or non-productive features. Member States should use the weighting factor of 0,3 for catch crops. Retention of landscape features. Ban on cutting hedges and trees during the bird breeding and rearing season. As an option, measures for avoiding invasive plant species.
|| Existing and partially new GAEC (currently part of Greening). Minimum share (5%) of agricultural land devoted to: non-productive features or; catch crops or nitrogen fixing crops, cultivated without plant protection products.Non-productive features’ include: land lying fallow, nitrogen-fixing crops, catch crops, eligible forestry, short rotation coppice, field copse, hedgerows, drains, buffer strips. This list will be subject to on-going review.
|| Ban on converting or ploughing permanent grassland in Natura 2000 sites designated as environmentally sensitive permanent grasslands in Natura 2000 sites.
|| New GAEC (but currently part of Greening).