Consultation responses

The need to develop an innovative farming and environment policy for leaving the European Union has generated a series of policy papers by a range of governmental and non-governmental organisations requiring external feedback and input.  We responded to these calls for evidence to ensure that soil health is at the heart of this decision-making with views representative of our Science Panel, Strategic advisory Board and broader membership. 

Northern Ireland Food Strategy Framework Consultation

November 2021

The SSA responded to DAERA's consultation on a draft Northern Ireland Food Strategy Framework, highlighting the importance of soil health in the framework's priorities.

Agricultural Transition in Scotland Consultation

November 2021

The SSA responded to the Scottish Government's consultation to inform the development of agricultural policy and the replacement to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Agriculture (Wales) White Paper

March 2021

The SSA responded to the Wales Agriculture White Paper, the next stage of the previous consultations Brexit and Our Land and Sustainable Farming and Our Land.

Red Tractor 2021 Standards Review

March 2021

The SSA responded to the Red Tractor Standards 2021 Review. 

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Greenhouse gas removals: call for evidence

February 2021

The SSA responded to the call for evidence which seeks to strengthen the government’s understanding of the role of nature based solutions, including soils, in greenhouse gas removals (GGRs). 

EFRA Committee Inquiry on Environmental Land Management and the Agricultural Transition

January 2021

The SSA responded to the EFRA Committee Inquiry on Environmental Land Management and the Agricultural Transition. 

8 Farming Rules for Water Defra Regulatory Review

January 2021

The SSA responded to Defra's Regulatory Review on the 8 Farming Rules for Water.

Planning for the Future Consultation

October 2020

The SSA responded to the government’s Planning for the Future White Paper 2020 (England) that proposes reforms of the planning system to streamline and modernise the planning process.

River Basin Management Plan Consultation

September 2020

The SSA responded to the Environment Agency’s consultation on the 2021 River Basin Management Plan ‘Guide to Challenges and Choices’. 

Environmental Land Management Scheme: Policy Discussion

July 2020

The SSA responded on behalf of soil health to Defra’s ELMs policy discussion document.

Agriculture Bill

January 2020

Soils have been formally recognised as an essential natural asset providing a range of public goods, we call for an ambitious strategy and clear mechanisms for delivery to be put in place to achieve sustainably managed soils by 2030.

Economics of Biodiversity - call for evidence

November 2019

The SSA responded to the Call for Evidence on the Economics of Biodiversity led by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta.

Sustainable Farming & Our Land, Welsh Farming consultation

October 2019

The SSA responded to the Sustainable Farming and Our Land Welsh Farming consultation aimed at supporting Welsh farmers after Brexit.

National Food Strategy

October 2019

The SSA responded to the National Food Strategy Call for Evidence aimed at improving England’s food system. 

EFRA Net Zero Inquiry

September 2019

The SSA responded to the inquiry to contribute to the sector’s net zero emissions strategy.

EFRA Peatlands Inquiry

September 2019

The SSA responded to the government’s peatland consultation.

Soil health and tenancy reform

July 2019

The SSA responded to Defra’s Agricultural Tenancy consultation. 

Flood & Coastal Erosion consultation

July 2019

The SSA responded to the Environment Agency’s consultation on the Draft flood and coastal erosion risk management strategy.

Defra Resources & Waste Strategy consultation

April 2019

The SSA responded to Defra’s Resources & Waste Strategy consultation in collaboration with Dr. Lynsey Blake (Durham University). 

Healthy Soils as a Headline Indicator: A Rationale

February 2019

The SSA submitted the Science Panel’s rationale for ‘healthy soils’ as a headline indicator to the government’s consultation on the 25 Year Environment Plan.

Environment Bill: Parliamentary Inquiry response

February 2019

The SSA responded to Defra’s consultation on the Environment Bill draft clauses. 

Brexit and our land: Securing the future of Welsh farming.

October 2018

The SSA responded to Brexit and our land: Securing the future of Welsh farming consultation.

Health & Harmony Consultation: The future of food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit

May 2018

The SSA responded to the government’s Health & Harmony consultation on The future of food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit.

25 Year Plan for the Environment

March 2018

The SSA  responded to the government’s 25 Year Plan for the Environment and convened a parliamentary event on soils in the Plan. 

A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment

February 2018

The SSA provided a written submission to the Environmental Audit Committee inquiry.

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