The Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) is part funded by the
European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and Scottish Government, providing support for a range of economic, environmental and social measures. The current programme will end on 31 December 2013.
This document sets out our final proposals on how we expect to use the European and domestic funds accessed through the SRDP, and how this will be aligned with other EU funds. This includes an outline of the schemes we propose to run and an indication of the budget allocations for our priorities. In addition we consider support and communications, particularly through the Advisory Service and Scottish Rural Network and how we will improve monitoring and evaluation.
The consultation also includes two of the impact assessments we are required to carry out – the Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment and the Equalities Impact Assessment.
Another essential component will be the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), for which a separate consultation will be launched shortly and will be available through our website http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/farmingrural/SRDP/SRDP20142012
The consultation document and supporting annexes can be found under content to the above right of this page. We have also included a summary document.
How to Respond
The Scottish Government would welcome your views on the final proposals for SRDP 2014-2020. The closing date for responses is 28 February 2014.
Please use the links under “Contents”, above right, to read the consultation paper. Please respond to the consultation online.
You do not need to answer all the questions in the consultation, if you are only interested in certain topics. The consultation questionnaire is divided according to the headings. We hope you find this helpful.