Member states will have the opportunity to identify areas of land to make eligible for payments under the next CAP based on their contribution to biodiversity, Wolfgang Burtscher said in the webinar, still available to view on www.farmersjournal.ie/thenewcap.

Existing land eligibility rules have often faced criticism that they contribute to a loss of biodiversity on farms because land must be maintained in a productive state to qualify for a direct payment. It can also mean hedges are cut back to ensure they do not encroach on the margins of fields.