Please note: The information provided below is a limited selection of the information available relating to this topic. You can find more information, publications and forms relating to this area on the main Department website here.

Agri-Environment Options Scheme(AEOS) AND Natura 2000 Scheme

The Agri-Environment Options and Natura Schemes are measures under Ireland's Rural Development Programme 2007-13. The Schemes are jointly funded by the European Union and National Exchequer. The objectives of AEOS are to meet the challenges of conserving and promoting biodiversity, encouraging water management and water quality measures and combating climate change. The objective of the Natura 2000 scheme is to contribute to positive environmental management of farmed Natura 2000 sites and river catchments in the implementation of the Birds Directive (Council Directive 79/409/EEC), the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) and the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC).

AEOS/Natura will build upon the gains made in conservation management since 1994 under the Rural Environment Protection Scheme (REPS), and will specifically target Natura 2000 sites and areas whose landscape and biodiversity have resulted from traditional farming methods.

Further information, documents and forms are available on our main website here or by contacting:

AEOS Section,
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine,
Johnstown Castle Estate,
Co. Wexford.
LoCall: 1890 200 509
Tel: 053 916 3400
Email: aeos@agriculture.gov.ie