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Regional Development Agencies

The Rural Development Programme for England 2007-2013 was agreed by the EU Rural Development Committee on 6 December 2007. The legal Commission Decision formally approving the Programme should be published by the New Year, allowing full implementation of the new Programme in January 2008.

The RDPE 2007-2103 has a budget of £3.9 billion. This is more than double the budget available for the previous programme which ran from 2000-2006.

£3.3 billion of the total budget will be allocated to agri-environment and other land management schemes. This funding will help farmers to manage the land more sustainably and deliver important outcomes on biodiversity, landscape and access, water quality and climate change.
Some £600 million will be made available to make agriculture and forestry more competitive and sustainable and to enhance opportunity in rural areas.

In England the RDAs (Regional Development Agencies) will be responsible for administering much of this money on a regional basis, based on a locally drawn up Regional Implementation Plan. However it is expected that renewable energy projects, and adding value to forestry, agriculture, food and non-food crops will feature as priorities in most regions.

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