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Countryside Stewardship and air quality - LM0475

This project will examine to what extent the schemes are helping to mitigate ammonia emissions to air and hence protecting natural ecosystems from air pollution impacts. Furthermore, it will discuss options for optimising the capacity of current and future schemes to deliver ammonia benefits for biodiversity, alongside other benefits. The project has potential to inform several cross cutting policy areas, including air quality, biodiversity and ecosystems services, water quality, and agri-environment schemes.
Project objectives:
1. Confirm the ammonia relevant options/measures within each of the five schemes (see section 2.2) and determine ammonia mitigation factors for each of the relevant options/measures.
2. Assess the uptake of the ammonia relevant scheme options/measures.
3. Assess the spatial pattern of uptake and how this relates to sensitive protected sites/habitats and Natural England’s Ammonia Priority Areas.
4. Estimate the effect of these interventions on ammonia emissions and ammonia concentrations both locally and nationally.
5. Produce a set of farm ammonia case studies from each of the schemes.
6. Discuss options, supported by evidence, for future scheme design to optimise ammonia reduction - setting out the costs, benefits and potential interactions with other environmental objectives for each option at different scales of uptake.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2017

To: 2018

Cost: £49,150
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Centre For Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)
Air Quality              
Environmental Stewardship