This table shows the regional priorities relevant to the region you have selected.
Each regional priority has a unique code (column one) which will help you to identify your selected priorities when completing your Statement of Intent/Proposal.
The detailed description (column two) has been provided to help you understand the implications and outcomes being sought by each priority.
The package numbers (column three) will help you to cross reference those relevant packages to the regional priority you have selected, with the full list of packages detailed on the right hand side of the page.
Regional Priority Code
Water and soils priorities
Reduced diffuse point source pollution from rural land uses and housing. Particularly proposals which:
- take account of priorities for action identified in the Spey and Dee Catchment Management Plans
- support actions which will contribute to the improvement of areas which are at risk of failing achieve good ecological status by 2015 as identified in the North East River Basin Management Plan
- provide for improved nutrient budgeting
- target action within NVZ Areas.
Improved water quality of surface water and ground water bodies supported by a 'Soils and Water Plan', with priority given to actions in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones, Bathing Water Catchments and Drinking Water Protected Areas. Particularly proposals which:
- support actions which will contribute to the improvement of water bodies which are at risk of failing to achieve good ecological status by 2015 as identified in the North East River Basin Management Plan.
By 2015, achieve good ecological status of water bodies currently classified as being at a lesser status. This can be addressed through priorities identified in River Basin Management Plans. Particularly proposals that:
- support actions identified as priorities by the Spey and Dee Catchment Management Plans
- support actions which will contribute to the improvement of areas which are currently classified as being at less than good ecological status in the North East River Basin Management Plan.
Sustainable flood management and reduced flood risk (including adaptation to climate change), through appropriate land management, particularly actions identified in River Basin Management Plans. Particularly proposals which:
- seek support for actions to manage flood risk across Grampian by adopting appropriate land management practices which demonstrably reduce flood risk in flood prone areas, as identified in the indicative River and Coastal Flood Map (Scotland), particularly restoration of functional areas, historic risk areas and river SACs and 'managed retreat' on flood plains.
Improved protection in areas identified as most at risk from erosion, flooding, acidification and nitrate pollution, through appropriate management of existing habitats (e.g. low impact silvicultural systems in woodland) or the creation of appropriate habitats (e.g. floodplains and along river edges), or organic conversion or maintenance. Particularly proposals which:
- demonstrably reduce or minimise the risk from land management actions in areas identified in the forthcoming North East River Basin Management Plan, Spey and Dee Catchment management Plans.
- mitigate the impact of acidification in potentially susceptible forest areas of Grampian through catchment-based assessments as identified under the Forests and Water Guidelines.
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