Countryside Management Unit exists to develop, deliver Agri-environment Schemes and initiatives that will enhance the environment.
Agri-environment schemes are part of the N Ireland Rural Development Programme 2007-2013
The aims are to restore farmland biodiversity, improve the quality of water, air and soil, enhance the landscape, and help mitigate climate change.
NICMS and OFS are currently closed to application.
For information on the Agri-environment schemes under the Rural Development Programme 2000-2006, particularly the Environmentally Sensitive Areas Scheme and Countryside Management Scheme, please read the page on Agri-environment schemes 1988-2006.
The Guide to Land eligibility Updated 2012 publication applies to all agri-environment schemes in addition to the Single Farm Payment and Less Favoured Area Compensatory Allowances (LFACA) Schemes. If you have questions on land eligibility or the farm aerial photos please call 0845 30 44 508.
Countryside Management is also responsible for compliance and inspections of land eligibility, Cattle Identification, Single Farm Payment, Less Favoured Area Compensatory Allowance, in addition to Agri-environment schemes.