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Consideration of landscape in the framework documentation during the evolution of the Rural Environment Protection Scheme (REPS) in the Republic of Ireland


  • Jackie Whelan

    () (REDP,Spatial Analysis Unit, Teagasc, Ashtown Research Centre,Ashtown, Dublin 15)

  • John Fry

    (School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture and Food Centre, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland)

  • Stuart Green

    (REDP,Spatial Analysis Unit, Teagasc, Ashtown Research Centre,Ashtown, Dublin 15)


This paper looks at the changing concept of landscape during the evolution of REPS. It reviews and groups definitions of landscape and identifies their agri-environmental relevance. Descriptions were devised to amplify each grouping with reference to an Irish context and were used as an analytical framework to categorise each landscape reference in REPS documentation. There was an increase in the use of the term landscape with each version of the scheme and expansion in the range of different landscape categories to which this apparently applied. However there has been no coherence in its use. This paper makes recommendations to improve the framework for the treatment of landscape issues in REPS and its future evolution.

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  • Jackie Whelan & John Fry & Stuart Green, 2010. "Consideration of landscape in the framework documentation during the evolution of the Rural Environment Protection Scheme (REPS) in the Republic of Ireland," Working Papers 1008, Rural Economy and Development Programme,Teagasc.
  • Handle: RePEc:tea:wpaper:1008

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